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Secretary Treasurer

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Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Inc
Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Inc. 1485 Cherry Hills Circle
South Lake Tahoe , California 96150
United States

Company Description: LTWC operates under permits issued by California Fish & Game and the United States Department of the Interior & Wildlife Service. No fee is charged for any bird or...   more

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"When we go in she obviously knows we have the jab stick and what's going to happen," said Tom Millham of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care (LTWC).
"She is definitely making good progress," Millham said Friday (Sept. 5).
A sure sign of her progress is her healthy appetite and steady weight gain since she arrived, Millham said.
A second-year cub, born in January 2013, Cinder weighed only 39 pounds when she was rescued at the beginning of August. A cub her age should weigh at least 80 pounds, Millham said. "She was about half the weight she should have been," he said.
Millham suspects that Cinder may not have eaten during the two weeks between the fires and her rescue.
Putting on pounds
"The good news is that … she has put on 17 pounds in 18 days," and weighed 61 pounds last week, Millham said.
She's still losing them, but they will grow back," Millham said.
"That's one of the things we have to wait for. Her pads have to toughen up and we have to make sure her claws are strong enough to dig and climb," Millham said.
"Our goal is that once we complete medical treatment, we're going to try to get her back up to Washington as soon as possible. Not to be released, but to continue her rehabilitation," he said. He said Washington wildlife officials will make arrangements to place her at a rehabilitation facility.
Millham said. "When she wakes up from being immobilized, we have them right next to her nose."
It takes about 30 minutes for Cinder to become fully awake after being immobilized when her bandages are changed, Millham said. After gobbling her grapes, she climbs up to the platforms in her enclosure.
A special ramp was built in Cinder's enclosure to enable her to climb with her bandaged paws. She likes to take her food up to the platforms, which are 6 feet and 9 feet high.
She especially likes the upper platform, Millham said. "It's kind of her safe place. If anyone goes into the cage she scampers up to the platform."
Cinder also has another habit that makes volunteers who work at the wildlife center wary of walking below her platform, Millham said. "She likes to urinate on the volunteers," he said.
Painful journey
Cinder is the second burned bear cub treated at LTWC, a nonprofit organization. In July 2008 the rehabilitation center took in an 8-pound cub that had been burned in a fire in northern California. Named "Little Smokey," the cub was released back to the wild in February 2009, Millham said.
Millham said LTWC will work with Beausoleil when Cinder is healthy enough to return to Washington to complete her rehabilitation before returning to the wild.
Cinder's story has generated international attention, Millham said. The wildlife center has been contacted by people as far away as Australia, wondering how she is doing.
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"It's kind of sketchy right now as far as exactly what happened, but what we do know is that there was a forest fire..., and Cinder got caught," said Tom Millham, co-founder of the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps orphaned and injured animals. The organization operates under permits issued by California Fish & Game, the U.S. Department of the Interior and a federal wildlife service.
Millham said a homeowner, whose house was ravaged by the flames, found Cinder as he was returning home.
"She has burns on all four of her legs and her face, and she may have additional damage that I haven't personally seen yet," he said Monday.
Millham said it could take several weeks to several months before Cinder's healed from the second- and third-degree burns and ready for release.
"That will depend entirely on how the procedures go with the nursing care that we give her and see how she recovers from that care," Millham said.
"Burns, whether you're a bear or a person, are very painful," Millham said.
"We have no idea on much medical expenses will be," he said.
Cinder isn't alone
Cinder isn't the only bear to be recently rescued from a wildfire by volunteer staff at the care center. Cinder is one of 10 bears under the care of Millham and his wife, Cheryl, a record for the most bears they've cared for at one time.
Cinder, named by a Washington state wildlife specialist, will be kept in a pen area next to the Millhams' home with the other bears.
"This is the second (bear)," Millham said of the number of bears recently rescued.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife sought out the Millhams to care for Cinder after learning about another bear cub that had been released after four months of rehabilitation at the center. That eight-pound bear was rescued in the Redding, Calif., area by a firefighter, Millham said.
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