(AP) — An orphaned bear cub burned by a Colorado wildfire has been released back into the wild.
The Durango Herald reports that the cub was placed in the mountains west of Durango on Friday, asleep inside a man-made den along with a second orphaned cub. Officials hope they will not wake up until spring when food is more available.
The injured cub’s feet were severely burned in a wildfire that raged north of Durango last summer.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said the cub weighed only 10 pounds when she came to a wildlife rehabilitation center but gained 80 pounds. Once the cub was able to walk, she was moved to a pen with other cubs.
The center limits human interaction, giving the cubs a better chance at survival when released.