ESPANOLA — Authorities rescued a young female bear in Los Alamos recently seen struggling along on her elbows because her paws were severely burned in last month’s Las Conchas Fire.
The bear is healing well under the care of personnel at The Wildlife Center in Espanola.
“We’ve named her Bernadette,” said Executive Director Katherine Eagleston. “She’s one of 29 bears we’ve gotten in since January and 90 percent of those bears have come in just since the fire.”
Two bears had to be euthanized and five were released back into the wild, Eagleston said.
The Wildlife Center also received four new bears Wednesday including one from Chimayo, two from Cloudcroft and one from Nambe.