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Black bear burned in NorCal fire is released back into wild

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A black bear whose feet were badly burned in a North Complex fire in Butte County was released back into the wild last week, officials said. The 370-pound male bear was found near the town of Berry Creek, with four burned paws, eye and lung injuries back in August, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Vets at the department’s Wildlife Investigations Laboratory in Rancho Cordova treated the bear with pain medication and fluids to correct dehydration. The bear’s burned paws were cleaned using an infrared laser treatment before it was released back into the wild.