Black bear rescued as cub released back into Wyoming woods

A young black bear hops down from its cage after being released Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Squirrel Meadows, about 25 miles east of Ashton, Idaho, and just south of Yellowstone National Park. The bear had been orphaned last fall as a cub and was near starvation when it was captured in outside a home in Jackson, Wyoming. Normally the Wyoming Department of Fish and Game would euthanize an animal in such poor condition, but the agency decided to send this bruin to Idaho Black Bear Rehabilitation in Boise to see if it could be saved. (Bradly J. Boner/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)
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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A young black bear is back in the wild in western Wyoming after being rescued as a cub.

Seven-year-old Taz MacBride encountered the bear cub in his grandmother's back yard in Jackson Hole last October. Taz named the cub “Hissy” because it hissed at him.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists determined the cub probably wouldn't survive the winter on his own. They captured the cub and sent him to a black bear rehab facility in Idaho. The bear gained more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms) over the next eight months.

Taz was on hand to see the bear's recent release back into the wild.