With the loud crackle of gunfire and dog barking, the Wildlife Department of Fish & Wildlife biologists released a bear into a remote area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest after the animal was rehabilitated.
A video posted May 18, 2018, gives a close-up look at the release.
The bear was captured by regional staff in the winter. It was an 88-pound female.
The bear was orphaned by unknown causes and rescued by biologists and wildlife enforcement officers after the bear was found near development taking food items from improperly stored garbage cans. After time spent in the rehab facility, and after a thorough hazing - as shown in this video - to make sure the bear never wishes to interact with humans, their pets, or garbage again, the bear was released into a remote area to live out its life.