Bear That Recovered From Wildfire Burns Is Killed By Hunter
Cinder the bear, whoduring her recovery, was found shot to death and her tracking device disabled, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife official told CBS News.
Beausoleil said it appears the collar stopped working because a hunter shot her and cut the collar, rendering it inoperable.
He told CBS News that Cinder did a lot to lift the morale of residents impacted by one of the most devastating wildfires in Washington state's history.
"She inspired them to rebuild and move on from the devastating Carlton Complex Fire," he said. "I'll always remember someone saying, 'If Cinder can do it, then we can do it.' That inspired me too."
told the story of Cinder's recovery in June 2015. She survived the massive wildfire but was found with all four of her paws badly burned and could barely walk.
"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."
Beausoleil said at the time he thought Cinder's recovery was "incredible." Cinder went from 34 pounds when she was found to 124 pounds before she was released back into the wild. Her story was so inspiring that a local author published a children's e-book called "Cinder the Bear: A True Story of Rescue, Recovery, Rehabilitation and Return."