Bear Cub in California Escapes Wildfire by Tunneling Underneath Electric Fence

by Madison Miller

Here today, gone tomorrow. A bear cub performed an absolutely epic disappearing act in order to break out of a wildlife care facility he was in.

The best part is, it wasn’t his first time disappearing and reappearing. The bear had previously escaped from the Tamarack Fire less than two weeks ago. The 25-pound bear is currently all bandaged up from his journey with surviving the wildfire.

According to the Los Angeles Times, on August 3, the bear escaped the enclosure that he was in at the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care facility. He used his bandaged paws to dig under an electric fence in order to escape safely. The bear’s name is Tamarack, accurately named after the fire he is able to evade so well.

“He got out of the room and into the outdoor area and basically found a 6-inch-square of dirt that he dug into and squished himself out of the fence — all with burned paws and bandages. He is Houdini, I tell you,” Greg Erfani, a spokesperson for the wildlife care facility said.

Unfortunately, the cub is now still missing. Given his injuries and other environmental reasons, Tamarack the cub could be in danger in the future. The care facility is asking for those around the South Lake Tahoe area to keep a lookout for a cub all on his own. He will likely be most active at night.

He is not currently in danger, nor is he a threat to anyone at this point. Tamarack is likely beyond scared and would run from untrained humans trying to grab him.

Wild and Injured Bear Cub Rescued from Wildfire

Before the cub was safe in a wildlife center, the 5 or 6-month bear was trying to make it out alive of a raging wildfire.

According to CBS News, a homeowner in Markleeville called the center on Sunday night. They found the bear walking around out of its elbows due to extreme burns on his paws. The center has been providing updates regarding the cub’s health progression on social media.

Help arrived for young Tamarack. He was given painkillers and was in the process of getting a skin treatment as well.

The small cub isn’t the only wildlife fighting to survive right now. All throughout the West a wicked drought mixed with extremely hot weather, amidst other factors, has caused a surge in difficult-to-contain wildfires.

The Tamarack fire started on July 4 and burned about 68,696 acres. It was sparked by a burst of lightning and spread insanely fast through Markleeville, Grover Hot Springs and campground area, Shay Creek, Markleevillage, and East Fork Resort. All these areas were forced to evacuate.

According to Fox 40, containment for the fire was at about 82% yesterday.

Fire officials are continuously watching and battling several fires still raging, some of which are the Dixie Fire, Monument Fire, McCash Fire, McFarland Fire, and the Lava Fire.