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  On the 50th anniversary of the fire-surviving bear that became a symbol for the Forest Service, an 18-month-old bear cub was found digging through embers near the Tahoe City, Calif., fire. Smokey was younger than this cub when found, and spent the rest of his life at the Washington, D.C., National Zoo. But the 1994 cub will never become a poster bear, says Guy Pence, district ranger for the Toiyabe National Forest. She can forage for herself. So when all four badly burned paws are healed and the cub has had enough antibiotic-laced bananas, wildlife officials plan to return her to the wild. The bear will not be named, adds Pence, because "then it takes on a personality. Our goal is to release it to its natural habitat and limit any contact."

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