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Here’s what happened to animals rescued in Dixie, Lava, Antelope, Fawn fires in 2021

Redding Record-Searchlight

Three bear cubs, a bobcat, and a pig rescued from Northern California fires in 2021 went safely home or will soon be released. The bobcat, Lava Bob, wasn’t expected to live when he was rescued by Axel Hunnicutt, a biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Siskiyou County unit in Yreka. The bobcat was unable to hunt after he suffered fourth-degree burns in the Lava Fire in July. “He was so skinny. I was surprised I could get a dart in him,” Hunnicutt said. But the cat made an excellent recovery, healing quickly from his wounds and growing from a malnourished 15 pounds to a well-muscled 45 pounds.