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An injured bear cub is brought to Dawson County Station 6 in an effort to get him medical attention. Dawson County Station 6 personnel name the cub Dawson and wasted no time in treating the animal.

Dawson County EMS aids injured bear cub

BY DENISE RAY This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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“I wish all my patients were this cute and cuddly,” remarked Dawson County firefighter/paramedic Nick Impellizzeri seen here with Dawson.

It’s not uncommon for someone to go to a nearby fire station in need of aid. It is, however, memorable when the medical need comes from a bear cub.

“Sometimes we have some pretty unusual patients,” is how Dawson County Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson described the recent event.

The patient was an injured bear cub that had been hit by a vehicle on Steve Tate Highway. The driver brought the animal to the fire station where fire personnel administered medical treatment on the evening of June 12.

Firefighters wasted no time in treating the young bear.

Thompson issued a statement June 13 in which he described the patient as “even a little bit further outside the norm”.

The cub, identified as a black bear, was named “Dawson” by Station 6 personnel.

“I wish all my patients were this cute and cuddly,” remarked Dawson County firefighter/paramedic Nick Impellizzeri.

Thompson said the cub was doing well and standing on his own.

"Our personnel are highly trained and skilled professionals, but their patient was like no other," Thompson said in the news release. "As the fire chief, I am extremely proud of these firefighters going the extra mile.”

Officials worked with wildlife management agencies to get the cub transferred to Chestatee Wildlife Preserve, a nonprofit nature preserve home to more than 100 animals—including bears—in Lumpkin County.

On June 14 Georgia Department of Natural Resources was called and able to assess Dawson. Authorities determined that Dawson had not been “habituated” (around people) and released him in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

According to DNR Regional Supervisor Scott Bardenwerper, everyone involved with the young bear was very lucky.

“Peoples’ hearts were in the right place,” he said.

Any mammal can carry rabies, according to Bardenwerper. If someone encounters an injured wild animal—racoon, fox or bear, for example—he advises leaving the animal alone. Stressing safety first, Bardenwerper advises not letting your heart take the place of your brain.

“Keep the ‘wild’ in wild life,” he said.

be bear wise

Photo courtesy of BearWise

Bear Wise Tips

Enjoy bears from a distance and never approach them.

Feeding bears (intentionally or unintentionally) trains them to approach homes and people for more food, and you may be ticketed and fined.

Bears may be defensive when people get too close.

Secure your food and garbage.

Clean and store your BBQ grill.

Keep doors and windows closed.

From bearwise.org

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