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Cinder the injured black bear returns to Washington after rehabilitation in Idaho

Cinder, the black bear rescued from a Washington wildfire in 2014 and sent to Idaho Black Bear Rehab, is heading back into the wild in June.

The female cub was found under a horse trailer in Methow Valley and initially taken to the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care in California before heading to Garden City's bear rehab center in November. The 2-year-old bear had been badly burned in the fires over the summer. Cinder's paws were so scorched that she wasn't even walking on them — instead pulling herself along by her elbows.

Now the bear will get a chance to go home. She's heading back to Washington with another bear, Kaulana, who also was rehabilitated after wildfires.

The bears will be released into Washington on June 3.

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