Bear cub burned in Cedar Creek Fire showing improvement under care

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A young female black bear cub continues to recover from burns received in the Cedar Creek Fire in July. (PAWS)

LYNNWOOD — The black bear cub found badly burned during the Cedar Creek Fire in Okanogan County is on the mend after treatment and care.

Wildland firefighters rescued the female cub July 27 near Mazama and turned it over to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The cub is now recuperating at the Lynnwood-based nonprofit Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), where it’s been treated for second-degree burns to its paws and face.

Caregivers at PAWS say he bandages have come off, and the cub is now beginning to socialize with other juvenile bears kept at the refuge. PAWS is now treating two more bear cubs burned in the Twentyfive Mile Fire near Chelan, discovered in late August.