The bear burned in the Carr Fire and given a tilapia skin treatment developed by a UC Davis veterinarian was released back into the wild last week, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said.
"This bear weighed only 50 pounds when she arrived at the lab, but tipped the scale at 78 pounds Wednesday morning, and all four paws were sporting a healthy growth of new skin," the department said in a Facebook post.
Facebook: Bear, better
California Department of Fish and Wildlife: A young female bear whose paws were badly burned in the Carr Fire was successfully released back to her natural habitat this week. CDFW Senior Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Deana Clifford and UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital veterinarian Dr. Jamie Peyton have been collaborating on the bear’s treatment since she was found lying in ashes near Whiskeytown on Aug. 2. [...]
A new home had to be found for the bear, as her original habitat near Redding was largely destroyed by fire. She was released last Wednesday morning (Sept. 12) on Bureau of Land Management property.
“She definitely does not like people, which is what we hoped for,” said Deana Clifford, senior wildlife veterinarian with the department. “Ideally, she’ll live out a normal life in the wild, and she’ll never interact with humans again.”
The department posted video on Facebook of the bear being released into the wild.
Read more about the fish-skin treatment Jamie Peyton, chief of the Integrative Medicine Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, has been using on animals.
Doss and defense impress as Aggies improve
The UC Davis football team may not have come away from its game against Stanford with a win, but the program did improve in the rankings thanks to a strong showing, including strong defense and 106 yards by wide receiver Keelan Doss.
The Aggies are now ranked No. 21 in the STATS FCS rankings and No. 25 in the American Football Coaches Association FCS poll. Read more on the athletics website.
Next up: UC Davis (2-1) vs. Idaho (1-1) this Saturday (Sept. 22) at Aggie Stadium, 4 p.m. kickoff, in the Big Sky Conference opener for both schools.