Escaped cub burned in wildfire likely found; will be left alone

Officials at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care have named the young male bear “Tamarack” after the fire...
Officials at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care have named the young male bear “Tamarack” after the fire that burned through the Sierra south of the lake and into Nevada.(Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Inc.)
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 1:15 PM PDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2021 at 11:48 AM PDT
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KOLO) - AUG. 15 UPDATE: It appears the injured bear that escaped from Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care is acting like a healthy bear in the wilderness and authorities are going to leave the bear alone.

Staff from both the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care on Saturday responded to a sighting of what appears to be the bear rescued in the Tamarack Fire that later escaped.

It had no bandages. But it had a dark marking on its head like the Tamarack Fire bear and was approximately the right size. After they spotted it the bear climbed 30 feet higher into the tree.

“It was behaving as a wild and healthy bear should,’ LTWC said on Facebook. “The decision was made not to disturb this bear and leave it in the wild.”

LTWC cautioned it is not 100 percent certain this is the bear, but it appears to be him so it is no longer asking the community to be on the lookout for the runaway bear.

AUG 5, ASSOCIATED PRESS UPDATE: An injured bear cub that escaped from a Lake Tahoe wildlife care center where he was being treated for burns suffered in a wildfire has been sighted clinging to a tree in the area.

Officials at the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Center in South Lake Tahoe, California said Thursday they’re optimistic he can be rescued a second time.

A spokesman said they’ve been following up on several reports the past two days of sightings of the cub. He’s nicknamed “Tamarack” after the Sierra wildfire that burned his paws.

The center released a photo of the bandaged cub in the tree. They’re keeping his location secret until he’s brought to safety.

ORIGINAL STORY: A black bear cub rescued after being injured in the Tamarack Fire has escaped his enclosure, wildlife officials said Tuesday.

‘Tamarack’ the bear was being treated at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care when he managed to tunnel under an electric fence in his enclosure and escape.

In a press release, officials urged residents in the South Lake Tahoe area to be aware and help them find the bear so he can continue getting the medical care he needs.

“He is not in imminent danger and is not a threat, but we need to locate him as soon as possible. We are asking anyone in the South Lake Tahoe Area—in particular, the areas of Black Bart, Heavenly Valley and Sierra Tract— to be on the lookout.”

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care

Officials said he may have bandages on his front paws. He is likely to be active in the evening and nighttime hours, so drivers are asked to slow down. He is likely in a tree or hiding in a small space, officials said.

If you see him, do not approach him. Instead, you are urged to call (530) 577-2273.

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