Thursday, May 30, 2013

Boo Boo Goes Wild: Rescued Bear Returns to Idaho Woods

Posted By on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Idaho Fish and Game veterinarian Dr. Mark Drew exams Boo Boo, the 4-month-old black bear cub burned in the Mustang Complex Fire.
  • Courtesy U.S. Forest Service
  • Idaho Fish and Game veterinarian Dr. Mark Drew exams Boo Boo, the 4-month-old black bear cub burned in the Mustang Complex Fire.

Idaho and the national media had a brief love affair with a bear cub nicknamed Boo Boo in August 2012 after he the 4-month-old, 23-pound cub was rescued from a tree after being stranded by the Mustang Complex Fire outside of Salmon. The bear had not eaten in days and suffered severe burns on all four paws.

Boo Boo was moved to the Snowdon Wildlife Sanctury near McCall for recuperation and he eventually was brought to the Idaho Humane Society shelter in Boise. Photos of a badly-injured Boo Boo went viral and comments poured in on how cute and cuddly he was.

But be forewarned, Boo Boo is all grown up now and is once again a wild animal. The Idaho Human Society says it has released Boo Boo into the woods of Central Idaho.

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