‘Heartbreaking’: Lone emaciated bear cub could have lost mother to California wildfire

An orphaned bear cub struggles to endure as it walks alone together a mountain road…

An orphaned bear cub struggles to endure as it walks alone together a mountain road impacted by the Dixie Fireplace in Plumas County, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. Countless numbers of Northern California households continue being threatened by the nation’s greatest wildfire and officials alert the risk of new blazes erupting across the West is significant mainly because of unstable temperature. (AP Photograph/Eugene Garcia)

QUINCY, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are retaining an eye on a lone, emaciated bear cub that could have shed its mom to the country’s premier wildfire now burning in Northern California.

The pointy-eared cub is observed rambling solo alongside a mountain road burned by the Dixie Fire in the vicinity of Taylorsville, peering by brush and leaping by way of vegetation protected in hearth retardant chemical substances.

“Generally when you see them with a sow or a mom bear, they’ll remain with the mother bear and run off,” claimed firefighter Johnnie Macy, who was deployed from Golden, Colorado, to battle the fire. “This bear has not accomplished that, so since of that we imagine that the bear’s orphaned as a end result of the hearth.”

Macy reported on Sunday that they’ve been checking the cub for numerous times, to determine if it is an orphan. A wildlife rescue team was waiting around to extract the emaciated cub from the burn-scarred region.

Macy referred to as the condition “heartbreaking,” but claimed it is “Mother Character having its study course.”

The Dixie Fire has been burning for a lot more than a month and ruined additional than 1,000 properties and corporations with virtually 15,000 structures still less than menace. Pacific Gasoline & Electric powered has stated the fire could have been sparked when a tree fell on its electric power line.

A bear named “Smokey” is, of class, the most popular orphan cub in the place rescued from wildfire.

The terribly burned bear was rescued from a New Mexico wildfire in 1950 and turned the residing, breathing embodiment of a national campaign launched in 1944 when the U.S. Forest Company and Advert Council agreed that a fictional bear would be the image for a fire avoidance campaign.

Earlier this month, a bear cub with burns to its paws and nose was rescued from a fireplace in japanese Siskiyou County in California. Also this thirty day period, an wounded cub tunneled out of a Lake Tahoe wildlife care middle exactly where he was becoming taken care of for burns sustained in a wildfire. The bear has given that been spotted in the wild.