Cinder the black bear, who survived a devastating 2014 fire, fatally shot by hunter
The skeletal remains of Cinder the black bear were found near Leavenworth in Washington and she is said to have been killed in October of 2017.
Cinder the black bear, who became a national figure back in July 2014 after beating the odds and escaping a devastating fire, has been shot and killed by a hunter. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife skeletal, remains of Cinder were found near Leavenworth in Washington and she is said to have been killed in October of 2017.
The discovery of her death was made after officials hiked up to her den in December, hoping to see her doing well, possibly surrounded by her cubs. Unfortunately what they found were her remains. Her radio transmitting collar had stopped working in October 2017, however due to “heavy snow loads in the spring and the cougar creek fire /smoke in the summer”, the authorities were unable to go up there until this month.
The Facebook page for Idaho Black Bear Rehab quoted the WDFW as saying, "As you know, we recollared her in her den her two years after her initial release. Cinders collar stopped transmitting in October 2017 and we figured that she was in a den. So, we hiked into that location in December and placed cameras in hopes to get pictures of her (and possibly cubs). Due to heavy snow loads in the spring and the cougar creek fire /smoke in the summer we were not able to go back and retrieve the cameras until September 2018.”
They continued, “Unfortunately, instead of finding a den, we found Cinder’s skeletal remains. It appears that she was killed by a hunter in October 2017. Overall the release location turned out to be a preferable one, as she remained in that vicinity, and away from people, since release."
Cinder was rescued in July of 2014 from Washington's Carlton Complex Fire, and underwent recovery at the Idahi Black Bear Rehab (IBBR) in Garden City before she was released in 2015. She had become a beacon of hope back when she was still a cub, in 2014, after she got caught in the fires, which affected around 400 miles of Methow Valley.
Baby Cinder was found under a horse trailer with third-degree burns on her paws, which caused her to walk on her elbows. Her chances of a full recovery seemed pretty slim at the time, "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."
However, she made a full recovery, after she made friends with another cub and gained about 90 pounds, and was released back into the wild. In fact, her story was so inspiring that a children's e-book by the name of 'Cinder the Bear: A True Story of Rescue, Recovery, Rehabilitation and Return,' was penned by a local author.
"She inspired [the victims of the fire] to rebuild and move on from the devastating Carlton Complex Fire," WDFW’s bear specialist, Rich Beausoleil told CBS News. "I'll always remember someone saying, 'If Cinder can do it, then we can do it.' That inspired me too."