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Bear cub burned in fire heals at wildlife center

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A bear cub with burned paws is shown Sunday as it was taken to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
A bear cub with burned paws is shown Sunday as it was taken to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care) Photo Gallery

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.  — An injured bear cub that was rescued after it suffered burns in a California wildfire is being nursed back to health at a wildlife center at Lake Tahoe.

Officials at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care have named the young bear “Tamarack” after the fire that burned through the Sierra south of the lake and into Nevada.

A Markleeville homeowner called the center Sunday night after finding the cub walking on its elbows because of burns on its paws, said Denise Upton, the center’s animal care director. The center will likely keep the bear through winter and release him in the spring.

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