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Bear cub named Paradise returns home after recovering from Camp Fire burns

Paradise the bear rests on a tree after being released into the wild Tuesday near Berry Creek. (Photos by Matt Bates — Enterprise-Record)

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Henry Lomeli is deep in the woods, peering out his truck window and trying to think like a hungry bear. “You have a plan and you hope that the plan works,” he said, wryly. As he bounces along the bumpy road, he considers the acceptable ratios of trees to water to food sources for a young yearling. The plan is to release a rehabilitated bear cub back into the hills where it was found in March — starving and with burned paws, and the conspicuous absence of a mother bear, which means it was likely orphaned in the Camp Fire.