Bear that recovered from wildfire burns is killed by hunter

Posted at 4:51 AM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 06:51:28-05
Cinder, a black bear severely burned in a wildfire in Washington state in 2014, was released back into the wild in June 2015.

A young black bear that was nursed back to health after she suffered severe burns in a 2014 Washington wildfire has been killed by a hunter, wildlife officials confirm.

Cinder the bear, who gained widespread attention during her recovery, was found shot to death and her tracking device disabled, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife official told CBS News.


Beausoleil said it appears the collar stopped working because a hunter shot her and cut the collar, rendering it inoperable.

He told CBS News that Cinder did a lot to lift the morale of residents impacted by one of the most devastating wildfires in Washington state’s history.

“She inspired them to rebuild and move on from the devastating Carlton Complex Fire,” he said.  “I’ll always remember someone saying, ‘If Cinder can do it, then we can do it.’ That inspired me too.”

“CBS This Morning” told the story of Cinder’s recovery in June 2015. She survived the massive wildfire but was found with all four of her paws badly burned and could barely walk.

“It was the worst burns I’ve ever seen,” veterinarian Randy Hein told “CBS This Morning.” “My gut feeling was that the bear would live, but I didn’t know if she’d ever be able to be released into the wild because of how badly damaged and burned her paws were.”

Cinder was flown first to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care in California, which specializes in treating burns, and then to a rehab center in Idaho, where she became friends with another cub –– an important step of her recovery. She was later driven back to to Washington state with her new friend.