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Cinder–A Bear Cub Badly Burned In A Wildfire–Flown to Much Needed Veterinarian Care By Pilots N Paws

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IMG_6927August 3 rescue of Cinder , a bear cub from Washington . She was found crawling through the embers and ashes of the wildfires in eastern Washing on her elbows and knees because her feet were so badly burned. The man who found her had his home burned to the ground and was able to calm her down until a biologist, Rich Beausoleil from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife was able to pick her up. Rich realized the best place for Cinder was at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care in South Lake Tahoe since the facility had treated burned cubs before. Rich contacted Ann Bryant of BEAR League in Homewood, California and Ann posted on Pilots N Paws on August 2.

IMG_6936By the end of the day Seattle resident Bill Inman, a member of Pilots N Paws had agreed to detour on his scheduled business trip to Salt Lake City and pick up Cinder in Wenatchee, Washington. He then flew her to Lake Tahoe and spent a bit of time meeting BEAR League’s Ann Bryant and the staff and volunteers at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. Dr. Willits, veterinary surgeon, in South Lake Tahoe volunteers his time to treat these compromised animals at no charge and all of the BEAR League and Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care are non profit organizations that survive on volunteer work and donations. Huge thanks to Pilots N Paws and Bill Inman for donating their time to organize transportation for injured and compromised animals! 

-Nancy Kiskis
BEAR League
PNP Pilot Bill Inman's plane that flew Cinder to safety

PNP Pilot Bill Inman’s plane that flew Cinder to safety


Update on Cinder:

She is doing great- she can be seen anytime if you go to www.ltwc.org  and click webcams…she has  two cams, # 4 and # 7- one is her play area and the other is her “UP” sleeping, safe area..since black bears like UP best when they are stressed.  She is healing quickly and should be able to be transported back to her home area soon- LTWC always tries to get the bears back to within 75 miles of their natural home. LTWC and BEAR League were happy to help with Cinder-  she will most likely be transported by car since she hopefully will be much BIGGER when she leaves LTWC because Cheryl is a great cook and she was about 50 lbs lighter than she should normally be at that age! I doubt that Bill wants a 90lb bear in the co pilot seat! Bill was the real Hero here…if she had not had the care quickly,  she desperately needed she may not have survived..thanks so much for Pilots n Paws and the service that you provide!




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Posted by Kathleen Quinn Charleston Executive Director, Pilots N Paws

7 thoughts on “Cinder–A Bear Cub Badly Burned In A Wildfire–Flown to Much Needed Veterinarian Care By Pilots N Paws”

  1. Natalie says:

    Yay! Great job to all involved. Feel better, Cinder. : )

  2. Diana Kretzschmar says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for all you do! You guys are Angels & Heros and a great Example to all of us!!!

  3. Daryl Enzenauer says:

    What a wonderful story!

  4. Diane Mead says:

    These pilots have wings on their planes and wings on their shoulders. Thank you Pilots N Paws for helping our furry friends. May God bless you even more. I like the way you spread it around…

  5. Donna says:

    Thank you Bill for rescheduling business to take Cinder to a wildlife rescue facility. {HUGS}

  6. silvia says:

    Very well done Bill Inman !!! Thank you so much !!!! Love you for this !!!

  7. Lori Ugolik says:

    Great job to Pilots N Paws, Washington Wildlife biologist, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Center and all the wonderful people that helped Cinder!!

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