Recently, Firefighters were approached by a bear cub with burned paws from the Dixie fires. They were able to take him to the San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Wildlife Center to be rehabilitated.

The cub is 7 months old and will be raised in captivity until he is old enough to be released back into the wild. Other than some minor burned paws and being extremely hungry, the bear cub seems to be in good health.

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The cub will be grouped with three other bear cubs that are being taken care of, giving them some kind of family unit until they are old enough to be on their own in the wild. 

Christine Thompson, the CDFW senior environmental scientist, said, “CDFW is extremely grateful to San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Wildlife Center. For their dedication and hard work and for providing the specialized care these animals need. We are very thankful for their partnership during these difficult times.”

The wildlife center is also taking care of two other young bears, making six bear cubs altogether.

Christine Barton, director of operations and wildlife rehabilitation at the Ramona Campus, said, “We are incredibly proud to be a part of the rehabilitation efforts of six orphaned bear cubs. At the Ramona Wildlife Center. This year has been extremely hard on our wildlife as wildfires continue to devastate our forests and the areas that bears and other animals call home. I think more of us will be called on to help provide a safe haven for these displaced animals as we face these challenging times together.”

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These kinds of centers are so important for wildlife, especially when disasters like wildfires happen. 

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