SACRAMENTO (CBS Sacramento) — Police officers from Lincoln in Placer County helped haul a 350-pound bear the length of a football field, saving it from the flames of the Bear Fire in Butte County.
“We were flagged down by a fish and wildlife warden who asked us if we’d like to assist him with retrieving a bear that was injured,” said Cpl. Bryce Rogers, with the Lincoln police department.READ MORE: Looming La Niña May Push Western Drought From Bad to Worse
“They suspected that bears paws were injured,” Rogers said. “It wasn’t very mobile. It was kind of hiding behind a rock.”
Biologists arrived and tranquilized the bear but it walked away from them and into a nearby creek which posed a risk of drowning.READ MORE: Update: Fawn Fire Near Redding Grows To 7,500 Acres Overnight; Firefighters Look To Cooler Weather
The men pulled the animal about a hundred yards up rough, forest terrain to the warden’s pickup truck.
The bear was taken to an animal care facility in Sacramento where it is recovering.MORE NEWS: Air Quality Advisory Extended Through Monday Due To Wildfire Smoke
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