A bear named Cinder who survived the 2014 Washington wildfire was recently found shot dead, apparently killed by a hunter.
Following the devastating fire, Cinder was rescued with severe burns on each of her paws after crawling through the woods on her elbows and knees to escape danger. Cinder’s remarkable recovery in 2015 served as an inspiration and symbol of resilience to survivors of the deadly fire.
Washington residents are furious to learn Cinder’s remains were discovered.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 18, 2018
When she was released, Cinder was fitted with a GPS tracking collar that helped rescuers keep tabs on her.
But it mysteriously stopped functioning in 2017, leading a team of scientists to discover her remains. Several clues, like her collar being cut with a knife, indicated she was killed by a hunter.
Cinder’s tragic and senseless death has touched the hearts of people worldwide.
— BKind ???? (@karinshouse) December 13, 2018
What a f*cking waste of resources and a beautiful soul.
— sindycat ????????❤???? #NeverAgain (@piratepkcat) December 18, 2018
Cinder the bear cub survived a wildfire and inspired a region. Then a hunter killed her. https://t.co/5sbD0599i5
— Janet Johnson (@JJohnsonLaw) December 18, 2018
there is something wrong with the person that did this – and I would think the same of all 'trophy hunters'
— Beckie Mitchell (@BeckGoHoos) December 18, 2018
A lot of anger is being directed towards the anonymous hunter who killed Cinder.
Because, of course. Man is the most destructive force in the history of the planet.
— The Lone Apple ???? (@The_Lone_Apple) December 18, 2018
That’s not a “hunter” ! That’s a “poacher” and some other very descriptive not very nice words that can’t be posted on here.
— Ron Wolfe (@77RonWolfe) December 18, 2018
— Jolene Detillion (@traveldesigner_) December 14, 2018
People paid heartfelt tributes to the inspirational bear.
"The odds are on her side." Nope, they're not as long as trophy hunting psychos exist. She should have been released to a legitimate sanctuary, you can NOT ever trust the scumbag hunters! See why I despise humans! RIP Dear #Cinder#Bantrophyhuntinghttps://t.co/wv4UNtPlrn
— Prancer530 (@PrancerPaw) December 13, 2018
— ⓋWillowⓋ (@WillowWind64) December 13, 2018
"Please, we know that this hurts. We ask that you leave no negative comments. We know you want to be heard, but this is not the place. Today, hug your pets and other loved ones. Send a positive thought out for bears everywhere." Idaho Black Bear Rehabilitation. ????????RIP Cinder https://t.co/HQdElJsXE0
— Buddy Stone (@buddystone) December 13, 2018
— ????????2008Babs❤️???????????? (@Fawn_32) December 14, 2018
I'm so sorry for you cinder, RIP. You're safe now
— fb (@51fudge) December 14, 2018
How you gonna do Cinder like that? RIP. https://t.co/UBVPifXtK4
— Reggie Aqui (@reggieaqui) December 13, 2018
Despite her tragic death, Cinder’s example of resilience and recovery will never be forgotten.