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Bear cub rescued from Lake County brush fire moved to temporary home

Smokey Jr. found with singed fur, burned paws in April


TAMPA, Fla. – A fan-favorite, nicknamed Smokey Jr., or SJ,  has been relocated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

SJ was moved to Homasasa State Park last month and he is expected to be released later this year. 

SJ was found in April with singed fur and burned paws after a 140-acre fire spread to the Royal Trails subdivision in Eustis. 

He was moved to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo in mid-April, where he received a clean bill of health, weighing 18 pounds, before being taken to Homasasa.