Rescuers Save Orphaned Black Bear Cub As Tamarack Fire Spreads

Deadly, destructive wildfires are an unfortunately common occurrence in drought-stricken parts of the country.

The Tamarack blaze, which was sparked on July 4th and is currently about 60% contained according to authorities, has devastated homes, businesses, and wildlife throughout parts of California and Nevada.

For one black bear cub, it was a painful trauma that separated him from his mother, now thought to be lost to the flames. Fortunately, the injured cub was found by first responders and is now recovering. The official Tamarak Fire Information Twitter account shared photos of the bear and you can see how small he is:

When he was found, the bear had suffered burns on his legs and paws. Lake Tahoe Wildlife volunteers were quickly able to assess his needs and begin caring for him.

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In a statement shared on Facebook, the team wrote “He must be so scared & even with pain meds and treatment he must be in pain, but we are so grateful to be able to keep him safe & give him a second chance at life.”

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Time passed, and the little cub was named Tamarack after the blaze that brought him to the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care team.

“The wounds are progressing as expected & we are optimistic about his recovery,” read an update from the team a short while after he was taken in.

The most recent update from the team as of July 29th shows that Tamarack has been bandaged up and is continuing to heal. The next step for him is skin grafts to ensure his paws and fur remain healthy in the long term.


“He isn’t out of his shell & is still pretty calm because of his bandages BUT we can already tell this little one has got spunk!” the team wrote on Facebook.

The team at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care is doing an amazing job caring for the little guy whose world has been turned upside down, but they can’t do it without the help of their supporters. If you would like to help Tamarack on his road to recovery, the team accepts donations through their website or Venmo — their username is @LakeTahoeWildlifeCare.

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