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Join Katrina and Tori to talk about the 5th BearWise Basic - Clean and Store Grills, Smokers 🐻 ... See MoreSee Less

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We had a mama bear and 3 cubs after our grill on our deck in upstate New York

On moment in nature on CBS Sunday morning last Sunday. They were in the Great Smoky Mountains national park and a bear was seen🐻

Hello from Michigan👋

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June 11th 2024 - Busy Bear Days! 🐻😮‍💨

We apologize for the late post today, as ABR staff has been keeping BEARY busy! All of the bears in residence are doing well. SuBearu Bear has a re-check veterinarian appointment at UTCVM early tomorrow morning. She seems to be enjoying her new roommate, Puff.

Greg and Katrina visited the Gatlinburg Rotary Club earlier this afternoon and presented on our BearWise efforts. Thank you to the Rotary Club for inviting us out and showing interest in how to keep humans safe and bears wild!

We also kicked off our 2024 Spring Campaign!! Please keep our bears in your heart throughout the year. ❤️🐻❤️ Historically, ABR could count on a few “off season” months during the winter, but lately that has not been the case. Today, Tori and Dana did the math and found that Appalachian Bear Rescue has had a bear on-site for the last 797 consecutive days!! 😱 For those of you who remember, that takes us back to Tartan Bear’s arrival in 2022. Without you, we couldn’t provide such care and support to all the little bear cubs in need. Thank YOU!

Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue: appalachianbearrescue.org/room-in-your-heart-campaign
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June 11th 2024 - Busy Bear Days! 🐻😮‍💨

We apologize for the late post today, as ABR staff has been keeping BEARY busy! All of the bears in residence are doing well. SuBearu Bear has a re-check veterinarian appointment at UTCVM early tomorrow morning. She seems to be enjoying her new roommate, Puff.

Greg and Katrina visited the Gatlinburg Rotary Club earlier this afternoon and presented on our BearWise efforts. Thank you to the Rotary Club for inviting us out and showing interest in how to keep humans safe and bears wild! 

We also kicked off our 2024 Spring Campaign!! Please keep our bears in your heart throughout the year. ❤️🐻❤️ Historically, ABR could count on a few “off season” months during the winter, but lately that has not been the case. Today, Tori and Dana did the math and found that Appalachian Bear Rescue has had a bear on-site for the last 797 consecutive days!! 😱 For those of you who remember, that takes us back to Tartan Bear’s arrival in 2022. Without you, we couldn’t provide such care and support to all the little bear cubs in need. Thank YOU! 

Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue: https://appalachianbearrescue.org/room-in-your-heart-campaignImage attachmentImage attachment

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Was on another Appalachian site with a picture of a cub and mama bear with a back foot missing. Every one really liked the pictures so I told them about ABR in hopes others will start following it and hopefully there will be more donations pour in. Say a prayer it will happen.

Thank you for the update. Prayers for SuBearu to get a good report tomorrow ❤🐻❤

Wow! 797 consecutive days having a bear on site is amazing! This just shows how adept ABR is at taking advantage of every possible second to do chores that must be done. Best wishes to SuBearu with her visit to the vet tomorrow 🙏🏻🐻♥️x10

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ABR Daily Update-June 10, 2024-Shadow Cubs 🐻

Weather: 77F (25C) Humidity 42%, Sunny 🌞

The four “complicated cubs” are doing well. The little bears are mostly on the same diet: Fox Valley Bear Milk Replacement formula, puppy chow, peanuts, mixed berries, greens, and veggies. SuBearu won’t take her meds if they’re mixed with beary sauce but will if they’re mixed with cherries and cherry juice. Tots, who is rooming with Jackie Paper, will take hers in formula with some honey. We hope the meds are working and their bones are healing.

Peeps, Casper, and Shadow Bear made an appearance today. The ground cover and foliage are so thick that we’re grateful to catch a glimpse of them. It reminds us that black bears are black for a reason. Back in the days when Eastern North America was covered in dense old forest growth, the bears blended in with the deep shadows on the ground and in the trees. They were then, as they are now in our enclosure, nearly invisible.

Daisy Mae, Duke, and Jellybean came down from their trees and spent the night on the resting platform. We thank them for showing themselves, and we thank you for your support of our bears and our mission.

❤️Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue:
appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/

🎉Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is open! Please click on the link for more information:
appalachianbearrescue.org/contact-us/

🛑Bearwise.org offers excellent information on what black bears are up to at this time of year and what to do if you hike or live in “Bear Country”.

*We post one update daily, seven days a week.
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ABR Daily Update-June 10, 2024-Shadow Cubs 🐻

Weather: 77F (25C) Humidity 42%, Sunny 🌞

The four “complicated cubs” are doing well. The little bears are mostly on the same diet: Fox Valley Bear Milk Replacement formula, puppy chow, peanuts, mixed berries, greens, and veggies. SuBearu won’t take her meds if they’re mixed with beary sauce but will if they’re mixed with cherries and cherry juice. Tots, who is rooming with Jackie Paper, will take hers in formula with some honey. We hope the meds are working and their bones are healing.

Peeps, Casper, and Shadow Bear made an appearance today. The ground cover and foliage are so thick that we’re grateful to catch a glimpse of them. It reminds us that black bears are black for a reason. Back in the days when Eastern North America was covered in dense old forest growth, the bears blended in with the deep shadows on the ground and in the trees. They were then, as they are now in our enclosure, nearly invisible.

Daisy Mae, Duke, and Jellybean came down from their trees and spent the night on the resting platform. We thank them for showing themselves, and we thank you for your support of our bears and our mission.

❤️Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue:
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/

🎉Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is open! Please click on the link for more information: 
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/contact-us/

🛑Bearwise.org offers excellent information on what black bears are up to at this time of year and what to do if you hike or live in “Bear Country”.

*We post one update daily, seven days a week.Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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Hi All. I’m from Australia & love me some bear cubbies. 🐻 🐻🐻. I don’t even have koalas where we are. I have to squint at my labradoodles, before a groom, & pretend they’re bears!! 😬😳 Was lucky to see a brown bear recently tearing up a sand trap, looking for ground squirrels,on the 13th in Jasper, Canada. I have a question… when these beautiful cubs are released, will they be released with their partner(s) that they’re currently cohabiting with?

Are Tots and Little Jackie Paper friends yet?

How's Puff 🐻? Love me some Puff💗

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ABR Daily Update #2-June 9, 2024-The Complicated Cub 🐻

Weather: 74F (23C) Humidity: 81%, Showers ☔️

Our four “complicated cubs,” SuBearu and Puff (in Rooms #1 and #2, Hartley House), and Tots and Jackie P. (in Room #3 and the Acclimation Pen, Hartley House), are recovering from injuries likely sustained in car accidents. We think the current living arrangements are working, and the cubs seem calmer. Their mental health is as important as their physical health and often more difficult to maintain. The very fact they’re held captive is stress-inducing, and the curators try to minimize that by introducing various enrichment devices, like Kong toys, to distract them. The best distraction is the company of another cub, and we’re glad these four aren’t alone anymore.🐻🐻 🐻🐻

Putting SuBearu, who is recovering from a broken femur, with another cub is a risk we have to take; keeping her alone any longer was impossible. She and Puff are getting along really well. They’re separated in the morning just long enough for them to consume small dishes of beary sauce with their meds and are very happy to be reunited. So far, so good!🤞

We’re grateful to Daisy Mae, Duke, and Jellybean for choosing to remain on or near the platforms during the rain so we could take a photo of them. Usually, cubs climb up a tree when it rains, as did Peeps, Casper, and Shadow in Wild Enclosure #4, so no photos of them today. We imagine they’ll come down to forage soon, but cubs are contrary as well as complicated.🐻🧐

❤️Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue:
appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/

🎉Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is open! Please click on the link for more information:
appalachianbearrescue.org/contact-us/

🛑Bearwise.org offers excellent information on what black bears are up to at this time of year and what to do if you hike or live in “Bear Country”.

*We post one update daily, seven days a week.
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ABR Daily Update #2-June 9, 2024-The Complicated Cub 🐻

Weather: 74F (23C) Humidity: 81%, Showers ☔️

Our four “complicated cubs,” SuBearu and Puff (in Rooms #1 and #2, Hartley House), and Tots and Jackie P. (in Room #3 and the Acclimation Pen, Hartley House), are recovering from injuries likely sustained in car accidents. We think the current living arrangements are working, and the cubs seem calmer. Their mental health is as important as their physical health and often more difficult to maintain. The very fact they’re held captive is stress-inducing, and the curators try to minimize that by introducing various enrichment devices, like Kong toys, to distract them. The best distraction is the company of another cub, and we’re glad these four aren’t alone anymore.🐻🐻  🐻🐻

Putting SuBearu, who is recovering from a broken femur, with another cub is a risk we have to take; keeping her alone any longer was impossible. She and Puff are getting along really well. They’re separated in the morning just long enough for them to consume small dishes of beary sauce with their meds and are very happy to be reunited. So far, so good!🤞

We’re grateful to Daisy Mae, Duke, and Jellybean for choosing to remain on or near the platforms during the rain so we could take a photo of them. Usually, cubs climb up a tree when it rains, as did Peeps, Casper, and Shadow in Wild Enclosure #4, so no photos of them today. We imagine they’ll come down to forage soon, but cubs are contrary as well as complicated.🐻🧐

❤️Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue:
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/

🎉Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is open! Please click on the link for more information: 
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/contact-us/

🛑Bearwise.org offers excellent information on what black bears are up to at this time of year and what to do if you hike or live in “Bear Country”.

*We post one update daily, seven days a week.Image attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

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Rain doesn’t bother the cubs?How about thunder and lightning?

When you have a male and female, unrelated, are they likely to bond when they are released?

Will Puff and SuBearu and Tots and Jackie be released to the same wild enclosure?

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ABR June 9, 2024-

Our ten resident bears are doing well; we’ll post our regular daily update this evening. For now, we thought you might enjoy seeing Puff and SuBearu sleeping together. That may not sound like much of an accomplishment, but when we consider what these cubs have been through and how long they’ve been alone, it’s quite...wonderful. Though they have a long road ahead in their recovery, we thank you for helping them get this far. ❤️🐻🐻

Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue:
appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/
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ABR June 9, 2024-

Our ten resident bears are doing well; we’ll post our regular daily update this evening. For now, we thought you might enjoy seeing Puff and SuBearu sleeping together. That may not sound like much of an accomplishment, but when we consider what these cubs have been through and how long they’ve been alone, it’s quite...wonderful. Though they have a long road ahead in their recovery, we thank you for helping them get this far. ❤️🐻🐻

Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue:
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/

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At their age these two cubs would normally have the love, comfort and protection of a mother. ABR provides the protection and SuBearu and Puff provide the love and comfort. With both of them having been so compromised, they are a great fit together. Not ready to beat each other up at this time. ♥️♥️🧸🧸

So sweet. I've got happy leaky eyes seeing this. 💖💖💖

I had to save this picture. So sweet. Recovery continues. They can commiserate together. They have been through so much.

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ABR Daily Update-June 8, 2024-Catering to Needs 🐻🐻🐻🐻

Weather: 85F (29C) Humidity 32%, Sunny 🌞

The curators have been moving our four injured cubs around the facility, trying to match the best accommodation with the best roommates. SuBearu, Puff, and Tots Bear are recovering from injuries that restrict their movement and all three are still on medications. Jackie P., who is tiny but healthy, met Tots earlier this week through the barred gates in Hartley House. Moving Tots to the Cub House was not received well, and she set up such a vocal protest that the curators returned her to Hartley House.

At present, SuBearu and Puff are sharing Rooms #1 and #2 in Hartley House, and Tots and Jackie P. are sharing Room #3 and the Acclimation Pen adjoining Hartley House. They seem to be at least tolerating, if not enjoying, each other’s company. The cubs who are still on medication have to be separated briefly every day so they can take the appropriate dosage and medication. It worked today with no fuss, and the curators hope it works tomorrow.

Some cubs hate confinement more than others, and some hate being alone more than others. Catering to the needs of this group is difficult and relies as much on trial and error as it does on experience; what worked for cubs in the past might not work for these little bears. The cubs let us know how they feel, and we have to be willing to listen and act accordingly.

The cubs in Wild Enclosures #1 and #4 are having a good time exploring, playing, and swimming. We hope that one day, our injured cubs will be well enough to be outside too.

❤️ Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue:
appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/

🎉Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is open! Please click on the link for more information:
appalachianbearrescue.org/contact-us/

🛑Bearwise.org offers excellent information on what black bears are up to at this time of year and what to do if you hike or live in “Bear Country”.

*We post one update daily, seven days a week.
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ABR Daily Update-June 8, 2024-Catering to Needs 🐻🐻🐻🐻

Weather: 85F (29C) Humidity 32%, Sunny 🌞

The curators have been moving our four injured cubs around the facility, trying to match the best accommodation with the best roommates. SuBearu, Puff, and Tots Bear are recovering from injuries that restrict their movement and all three are still on medications. Jackie P., who is tiny but healthy, met Tots earlier this week through the barred gates in Hartley House. Moving Tots to the Cub House was not received well, and she set up such a vocal protest that the curators returned her to Hartley House.

At present, SuBearu and Puff are sharing Rooms #1 and #2 in Hartley House, and Tots and Jackie P. are sharing Room #3 and the Acclimation Pen adjoining Hartley House. They seem to be at least tolerating, if not enjoying, each other’s company. The cubs who are still on medication have to be separated briefly every day so they can take the appropriate dosage and medication. It worked today with no fuss, and the curators hope it works tomorrow.

Some cubs hate confinement more than others, and some hate being alone more than others. Catering to the needs of this group is difficult and relies as much on trial and error as it does on experience; what worked for cubs in the past might not work for these little bears. The cubs let us know how they feel, and we have to be willing to listen and act accordingly. 

The cubs in Wild Enclosures #1 and #4 are having a good time exploring, playing, and swimming. We hope that one day, our injured cubs will be well enough to be outside too.

❤️ Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue:
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/

🎉Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is open! Please click on the link for more information: 
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/contact-us/

🛑Bearwise.org offers excellent information on what black bears are up to at this time of year and what to do if you hike or live in “Bear Country”.

*We post one update daily, seven days a week.Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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Thank you Curators for all you have done recently to try to make these four babies (Tots, Jackie P, SuBearu, and Puff) happy, in order to help facilitate their healing better. As you always say, little cubs belong with other little cubs. Hopefully no one will start to get too rambunctious before they have time to fully heal. All of you at ABR are amazing ♥️! 🙏🏻🐻♥️x10

Wow you guys are busy non stop and doing a great job taking care of our cubbies Hope they all continue to get along

Great that you’re trying various arrangements and combos to get everyone comfortable and happy. You guys do such amazing work, and I’m happy to be one of the members who contributes a little from a distance. I tune in here every day to see how the cubs are doing (when FB lets me find you).

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5 days ago

Please send any Bear Force Walk photos to victoria.reibel@appalachianbearrescue.org 🐻👟 ... See MoreSee Less

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Good afternoon from Detroit, MI👋

I hope introductions go as smoothly with Puff and SuBearu as they did with Tots and Jackie P ♥️

The way they were walking was why I asked. With the night vision camera it was hard to tell. Thanks Tori 😊

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Please join us for Facebook Live at 1:30PM. 🐻 We can't wait to "see" you then! ... See MoreSee Less

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Does this Highway have animal corridors?

June 6, 2024: Little Jackie P Bear Loves That Rascal Tots

Late yesterday, our Curators realized that Tots Bear wasn't happy in Hartley House Room 3 and the adjoining Acclimation Pen. Some cubs don't like acclimation pens. They can see "outside" but they can't get to the "outside". This causes stress which can result in pacing and unhappy vocalizations. Tots Bear has been confined for quite a long time to allow her broken arm to heal. It was time for Tots Bear to have the company of another little Bear.

Curators fetched little Jackie P bear from the Cub House and brought him back up to Hartley House Room 2. Last night, Jackie P and Tots could see, hear and touch one another through the divider gate. This morning, Curators opened the gate and brave little Jackie P went to check out Tots Bear. Now, the two are inseparable.

Join Tori tomorrow for another Facebook Live session. Tori will update everyone on all the bears at ABR. Everyone is doing well.

Thank you for keeping our cubs in your heart! You give them a second chance at life in the wild.
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All I keep thinking is "Little Jackie Paper, loved that rascal Tots..." Tots the Magic Cubby 🥰

I love the title to this post. 😍 A happy story for Tots and Jackie P and Puff Bear as well. It's amazing to see what a good nutritious diet does for little bears when we see Tots and JP together. I was also really happy to see Puff Bear playing with the ever reliable NAPB. 💖💖💖

Ok my eyes are leaking…..this seems to be a common occurrence when I read ABR’s posts ❤️

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