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Emaciated bear cub may have lost mom to California wildfire

Western Wildfires
Posted at 1:58 PM, Aug 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-16 16:58:02-04

QUINCY, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are keeping an eye on a lone, emaciated bear cub that may have lost its mother to the country’s largest wildfire burning in Northern California.

The pointy-eared cub has been seen rambling solo along a mountain road burned by the Dixie Fire near Taylorsville.

A firefighter said they’ve been monitoring the cub for several days, to determine if it is an orphan.

A wildlife rescue team was waiting to extract the emaciated cub from the burn-scarred area.

The cub has been seen peering through brush and leaping through plants covered in fire retardant chemicals.