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ABR Daily Update-July 13, 2024-Sundae and Co. Move! 🐻🐻🐻🐻

Weather: 91F (33C) Humidity 42%, Sunny 🌞

Yesterday afternoon, Sundae, Homer, Diamond, and Champ left Hartley House for their new home in Wild Enclosure #3. Understandably, the cubs were suspicious of our intentions.; you’d be suspicious too if you’d been abducted by aliens and poked, prodded, and probed. However, the call of the wild proved irresistible, and one by one, the cubs left the Acclimation Pen.

Even after 28 years in bear rescue, our little bears can still surprise us. Sundae, who came to ABR alone and was hesitant about meeting the “baseball cubs”, took the lead. That girl went everywhere, including the Cubby Pool! The little bears have adjusted quickly to life in Wild Enclosure #3. We’re happy to see them outside and in trees.

We still have no news about Patty, Pickles, and Mac’s missing sibling. There are many people looking for it and should we find it, we’ll inform you as soon as possible. The Gatlinburgher Cubs are a pretty sturdy crew and just need to finish taking their deworming medicine before they’re ready for an Enclosure.Which enclosure they’ll move to is still under discussion.🐻🐻🐻

The other ten cubs in residence are well and well post about them tomorrow.

❤️Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue’s Room in Your Heart Campaign:
appalachianbearrescue.org/room-in-your-heart-campaign/

🎉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-July 13, 2024-Sundae and Co. Move! 🐻🐻🐻🐻

Weather: 91F (33C) Humidity 42%, Sunny 🌞

Yesterday afternoon, Sundae, Homer, Diamond, and Champ left Hartley House for their new home in Wild Enclosure #3. Understandably, the cubs were suspicious of our intentions.; you’d be suspicious too if you’d been abducted by aliens and poked, prodded, and probed. However, the call of the wild proved irresistible,  and one by one, the cubs left the Acclimation Pen.

Even after 28 years in bear rescue, our little bears can still surprise us. Sundae, who came to ABR alone and was hesitant about meeting the “baseball cubs”, took the lead. That girl went everywhere, including the Cubby Pool! The little bears have adjusted quickly to life in Wild Enclosure #3. We’re happy to see them outside and in trees.

We still have no news about Patty, Pickles, and Mac’s missing sibling. There are many people looking for it and should we find it, we’ll inform you as soon as possible. The Gatlinburgher Cubs are a pretty sturdy crew and just need to finish taking their deworming medicine before they’re ready for an Enclosure.Which enclosure they’ll move to is still under discussion.🐻🐻🐻

The other ten cubs in residence are well and well post about them tomorrow.  

❤️Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue’s Room in Your Heart Campaign:
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/room-in-your-heart-campaign/

🎉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

30 CommentsComment on Facebook

I keep hoping for a “Breaking News” announcement from ABR that the fourth sibling cub has been found, but I know that is not guaranteed, even despite the best efforts of many people who are still searching 🙏🏻. It seems that Miss Sundae is quite the confident little lady. I am glad she and her roomies now have a Wild Enclosure. 🙏🏻🐻♥️x17. 🙏🏻🐻♥️

I did a fundraiser on Facebook for your organization for my birthday, which was yesterday and so far I've raised $47. It's not a lot yet but I told them every little bit helps you ❤️

Still praying that #4 cub is found safe and sound. I’m still so heartbroken about momma. Humans have to do and be better. I have loved black bears since I was a little child. But I also learned to respect my boundaries to them. In my heart, I would want to pet one and hug one so bad but I know you should not, should not do that. And I do know that you do not feed them. A fed bear is a dead bear. Their instinct is to forage for food, not to be fed. People please leave these precious animals alone. We want to enjoy seeing them in the wild where they belong. Sorry, not sorry for my rant. 

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2 days ago

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How much do peeps and company weigh now?

How many bears( cubbies) can you have at a time?

Thank you thank you thank you curator Tory 🙏❤️🐻 We APPRECIATE you very much ❤️

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July 11,2024: Three More Arrive

As many of you know, it's already been a long summer filled with dangerous human-bear conflict issues, particularly in Gatlinburg. You've likely seen the viral videos of bears approaching and touching people at Bearskin Lodge and Anakeesta. You may have seen local news reports two weekends in a row about bears swatting and injuring guests at the Super 8 Motel. These instances and others at rental cabins in the area are driven by the availability of unsecured trash and food. Whether it's an open food vending building at a local attraction, unsecured trash cans around a motel, construction dumpsters filled with household garbage, bear-safe trash bins with broken latches, cabin cleaner vehicles filled with bags of trash...the list goes on and on...trash is available and draws bears closer to humans. Yes, tourists (and locals) sometimes intentionally feed bears, but they get the opportunity because bears are always around to find the trash. The people and the bears aren't going anywhere. It's time that businesses realize that providing secure trash solutions is simply the price for doing business in bear country.

When a bear hurts a person it is a threat to everyone's personal safety. There's nowhere to move a bear that has escalated to this behavior. Lots of folks ask "Why can't you move the bear somewhere else?" The fact is, there is nowhere else. Would you want a bear that has hurt someone moved to your back yard? to your remote campsite? to your favorite hiking trail? to your favorite fishing hole? Of course, you would not.

Our day began at 5:00 a.m. yesterday. Our partners at TWRA called to ask for our assistance. They had worked hard for several days to prepare for trapping and euthanizing the bear that hurt someone at the Super 8 Motel. Sadly, this bear was a mother bear to four cubs of the year. TWRA was successful trapping the bear and three of her cubs. Greg was onsite before 6:00 a.m. to assist with watching a trap for the fourth cub. Curator Jamie arrived shortly after to pick up the three cubs that were already trapped and take them to ABR and on to The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine for medical checkups.

Greg watched the trap until early evening when Curator Jamie returned to take a shift. Curator Haley arrived before 8:00 p.m. and stayed until midnight. Curator Katrina arrived at midnight and stayed through early this morning. TWRA biologists Janelle Musser and Dan Gibbs have spent hours driving around the area and talking with everyone to alert the public to call if they see an orphaned cub. Gatlinburg police officers are also patrolling and asking local businesses and the public for assistance. We are doing everything we can to try to find and trap the fourth sibling.

Curators Haley, Jamie and Katrina took the three cubs to UTCVM yesterday. Curator Tom came in on his day off to be at the bear facility. ABR Intern Lindsey was at UTCVM and helped with the exams on the three cubs. We thank Drs. Cushing, Swanepoel, and Heniff and their team for providing expert care for these cubs. The cubs are back at ABR and are residing in Hartley House Rooms 1&2. They are generally in good health and are only taking the normal course of worm meds. ABR 408 is female and weighs 6kg. ABR 409 is female and weighs 10.5kg. ABR 410 is male and weighs 7.5kg. The two female cubs both have white chest blazes.

It's been a long summer for everyone involved, and it's only the middle of July. All of us at ABR are working long hours to give our orphaned cubs a second chance at life in the wild. We see the toll it takes on the biologists and officers at our agency partner, TWRA. Euthanizing a healthy bear is devastating to the professionals who have dedicated their careers to helping wildlife. We see the criticism heaped on our partners when these bears are euthanized. We ask that you remember that these biologists and officers are not the ones who left the unsecured trash. They did not attempt to feed a wild bear. In fact, they work every day to try to keep our bears and all of us safe. They always go the extra mile to trap the cubs orphaned by these situations and bring them to ABR for a second chance.

Please welcome The Gatlinburghers, ABR 408 Patty Bear, ABR 409 Pickles Bear, and ABR 410 Mac Bear. Know that we and our partners will continue to do all we can to find and rescue their sibling. Thank you for keeping all seventeen of our cubs in your heart. You give each of them a second chance.

appalachianbearrescue.org/room-in-your-heart-campaign/

All the other bears at ABR are doing well. Tori will talk more about all of them tomorrow during Facebook Live.
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July 11,2024: Three More Arrive

As many of you know, its already been a long summer filled with dangerous human-bear conflict issues, particularly in Gatlinburg. Youve likely seen the viral videos of bears approaching and touching people at Bearskin Lodge and Anakeesta. You may have seen local news reports two weekends in a row about bears swatting and injuring guests at the Super 8 Motel. These instances and others at rental cabins in the area are driven by the availability of unsecured trash and food. Whether its an open food vending building at a local attraction, unsecured trash cans around a motel, construction dumpsters filled with household garbage, bear-safe trash bins with broken latches, cabin cleaner vehicles filled with bags of trash...the list goes on and on...trash is available and draws bears closer to humans. Yes, tourists (and locals) sometimes intentionally feed bears, but they get the opportunity because bears are always around to find the trash. The people and the bears arent going anywhere. Its time that businesses realize that providing secure trash solutions is simply the price for doing business in bear country. 

When a bear hurts a person it is a threat to everyones personal safety. Theres nowhere to move a bear that has escalated to this behavior. Lots of folks ask Why cant you move the bear somewhere else? The fact is, there is nowhere else. Would you want a bear that has hurt someone moved to your back yard? to your remote campsite? to your favorite hiking trail? to your favorite fishing hole? Of course, you would not.

Our day began at 5:00 a.m. yesterday. Our partners at TWRA called to ask for our assistance. They had worked hard for several days to prepare for trapping and euthanizing the bear that hurt someone at the Super 8 Motel. Sadly, this bear was a mother bear to four cubs of the year. TWRA was successful trapping the bear and three of her cubs. Greg was onsite before 6:00 a.m. to assist with watching a trap for the fourth cub. Curator Jamie arrived shortly after to pick up the three cubs that were already trapped and take them to ABR and on to The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine for medical checkups.

Greg watched the trap until early evening when Curator Jamie returned to take a shift. Curator Haley arrived before 8:00 p.m. and stayed until midnight. Curator Katrina arrived at midnight and stayed through early this morning. TWRA biologists Janelle Musser and Dan Gibbs have spent hours driving around the area and talking with everyone to alert the public to call if they see an orphaned cub. Gatlinburg police officers are also patrolling and asking local businesses and the public for assistance. We are doing everything we can to try to find and trap the fourth sibling.

Curators Haley, Jamie and Katrina took the three cubs to UTCVM yesterday. Curator Tom came in on his day off to be at the bear facility. ABR Intern Lindsey was at UTCVM and helped with the exams on the three cubs. We thank Drs. Cushing, Swanepoel, and Heniff and their team for providing expert care for these cubs. The cubs are back at ABR and are residing in Hartley House Rooms 1&2. They are generally in good health and are only taking the normal course of worm meds. ABR 408 is female and weighs 6kg. ABR 409 is female and weighs 10.5kg. ABR 410 is male and weighs 7.5kg. The two female cubs both have white chest blazes.

Its been a long summer for everyone involved, and its only the middle of July. All of us at ABR are working long hours to give our orphaned cubs a second chance at life in the wild. We see the toll it takes on the biologists and officers at our agency partner, TWRA. Euthanizing a healthy bear is devastating to the professionals who have dedicated their careers to helping wildlife. We see the criticism heaped on our partners when these bears are euthanized. We ask that you remember that these biologists and officers are not the ones who left the unsecured trash. They did not attempt to feed a wild bear. In fact, they work every day to try to keep our bears and all of us safe. They always go the extra mile to trap the cubs orphaned by these situations and bring them to ABR for a second chance.

Please welcome The Gatlinburghers, ABR 408 Patty Bear, ABR 409 Pickles Bear, and ABR 410 Mac Bear. Know that we and our partners will continue to do all we can to find and rescue their sibling. Thank you for keeping all seventeen of our cubs in your heart. You give each of them a second chance.

https://appalachianbearrescue.org/room-in-your-heart-campaign/

All the other bears at ABR are doing well. Tori will talk more about all of them tomorrow during Facebook Live.

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What needs to happen is HUGE FINES for people and businesses that get the poor bears killed with their behavior 😡. Enough warnings, people should know better….should START at 500 for an ind and 1k for a business and maybe people wouldn’t act so IGNORANTLY! It’s been devastating seeing these bears euthanized 😢

Why are not the businesses cited for creating a hazard that ends up with a death of an animal. This should be considered animal cruelty!!!! We are destroying their environment by adding development!! It should be our responsibility to insure they can survive.

People generally just seem to have a don't care attitude about bears and wildlife. We were in Cades Cove in April and of course there was a bear jam. As we drove by a mama and 3 cubs that were literally 10 ft off the road, people were steadily getting out of their cars and walking closer to get pictures and selfies. I told one group of people that they were too close and needed to get back in their cars. They looked at me like I had 3 heads and gave an attitude that I needed to mind my own business. And they continued to stand there, like it was their constitutional right to do whatever they wanted to do in order to get their perfect picture. They have zero respect for animals yet the reason people go to Cades Cove is for the bear! Selfish, irresponsible, entitled behavior is rampant.

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Unfortunately the majority of the rules regarding securing trash seem to cover just the Gatlinburg city limits. Unfortunately a lot of rental cabins and some businesses are outside those city limits 😔

Thanks Katrina for sharing about the BearWise information. Much Appreciated. 😀🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🏡

thank you, Katrina, for speaking so plainly about everyone’s responsibility in keeping bears wild and away from humans. It would be wonderful if community peer pressure could change humans behavior. hopefully, good businesses and rentals can set an examples for the rest; if not, it might have to be legislated.

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July 9 2024: Too Hot for Cubs & Curators

Late yesterday afternoon, Curators Haley and Jamie noticed on the cameras that Acclimation Pen 3 looked wet. It hadn't rained, so investigation was needed. After a hike down the hill, they found that indeed, the floor of the pen was wet. Further investigation pointed to a leak in the water line that runs down the side of the road to Enclosures 3&4. Unfortunately, that water line is buried about four feet in the ground. Finding the leak would not be easy...particularly in 98 degree heat. But Jamie and Haley grabbed shovels and started digging.

They found the water line and after looking at old photos of the 2015 water line installation project, they determined that the leak was most likely at a coupling joint in the pipe. This morning, Jamie continued his digging project and found the location of the leak.

To fix the leak, we need a huge hole. We have to be able to get down into the hole to do the repair. Digging the hole we need by hand was not practical or safe in this heat. Curator Greg called a friend, Josh Rimel from Rimel's Property Services. Josh was at the facility by 3:00 p.m. today to dig the hole. While he was there, he even took time to grade the road to Enclosures 1&2. Over time, rain and tires had caused ruts in the gravel. Now, we have a smooth path down to Hartley House and Enclosures 1&2.

A huge thank you to Josh and Rimel's Property Services!

Fixing the water leak wasn't the only hot project for today. Jellybean, Duke, Daisy Mae, Tots and Jackie Paper are now "living" in Enclosure 2. With the gate between enclosures closed, the team began a project to rescue Enclosure 1 from cubby destruction. Curator Tom rented a very large garden tiller and Jamie and Greg ran the tiller over Enclosure 1 soil. It took both Jamie and Greg to keep the machine going in the right direction, but enclosure rescue project step one is complete. Next, we will put down seed and some sod and then we will run the sprinklers every day and see if something will come up. We have a sneaking suspicion that we won't be able to rest Enclosure 1 for too long. As the saying goes, we're making hay while the sun shines.

All fourteen cubs are ABR are doing well. The Enclosure cubs stay mostly in the treetops and under cover to keep cool. SuBearu and Puff are tolerating their confinement in the Recovery Center while SuBearu's broken tibia heals. SuBearu will go back to UTCVM for a checkup next week. We hope she will get a good report. Sundae and the Triple Play cubs continue to bond. We hope they will soon be out in a Wild Enclosure.

Thank you for keeping all of our cubs in your heart. You give them a second chance at life in the wild where they belong.
appalachianbearrescue.org/room-in-your-heart-campaign/
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July 9 2024: Too Hot for Cubs & Curators

Late yesterday afternoon, Curators Haley and Jamie noticed on the cameras that Acclimation Pen 3 looked wet. It hadnt rained, so investigation was needed. After a hike down the hill, they found that indeed, the floor of the pen was wet. Further investigation pointed to a leak in the water line that runs down the side of the road to Enclosures 3&4. Unfortunately, that water line is buried about four feet in the ground. Finding the leak would not be easy...particularly in 98 degree heat. But Jamie and Haley grabbed shovels and started digging.

They found the water line and after looking at old photos of the 2015 water line installation project, they determined that the leak was most likely at a coupling joint in the pipe. This morning, Jamie continued his digging project and found the location of the leak. 

To fix the leak, we need a huge hole. We have to be able to get down into the hole to do the repair. Digging the hole we need by hand was not practical or safe in this heat. Curator Greg called a friend, Josh Rimel from Rimels Property Services. Josh was at the facility by 3:00 p.m. today to dig the hole. While he was there, he even took time to grade the road to Enclosures 1&2. Over time, rain and tires had caused ruts in the gravel. Now, we have a smooth path down to Hartley House and Enclosures 1&2.

A huge thank you to Josh and Rimels Property Services! 

Fixing the water leak wasnt the only hot project for today. Jellybean, Duke, Daisy Mae, Tots and Jackie Paper are now living in Enclosure 2. With the gate between enclosures closed, the team began a project to rescue Enclosure 1 from cubby destruction. Curator Tom rented a very large garden tiller and Jamie and Greg ran the tiller over Enclosure 1 soil. It took both Jamie and Greg to keep the machine going in the right direction, but enclosure rescue project step one is complete. Next, we will put down seed and some sod and then we will run the sprinklers every day and see if something will come up. We have a sneaking suspicion that we wont be able to rest Enclosure 1 for too long. As the saying goes, were making hay while the sun shines.

All fourteen cubs are ABR are doing well. The Enclosure cubs stay mostly in the treetops and under cover to keep cool. SuBearu and Puff are tolerating their confinement in the Recovery Center while SuBearus broken tibia heals. SuBearu will go back to UTCVM for a checkup next week. We hope she will get a good report. Sundae and the Triple Play cubs continue to bond. We hope they will soon be out in a Wild Enclosure.

Thank you for keeping all of our cubs in your heart. You give them a second chance at life in the wild where they belong.
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57 CommentsComment on Facebook

Apologies if this has been asked and answered, but how many acres total in the wild enclosures?

Wow you guys are the best, please stay safe in this heat 🥵, cubbies would be so upset if something happened. A question, is this the most cubbies you've had at one time. You really have a full house.

Did the cubs want to help ?

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ABR Daily Update-July 8, 2024-Contrary Cubs 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

Weather: 90F (32C) Humidity 59%, Partly Cloudy 🌤️

Yesterday, the curators raised the gate separating Wild Enclosures 1 & 2 so that Duke, Daisy Mae, Jellybean, Jackie P. , and Tots Bear could move to WE#2 to enjoy the lush vegetation. Once again, the cubs didn’t read the memo and have been racing between the enclosures, a very fun game we're sure. The curators can only close the gate during daylight hours, so we hope the little bears will stay on the right side of the fence long enough for us to lower the gate. Cubs! Please stay in Wild Enclosure #2. It is your new home. 🐻🙏

SuBeary and Puff are using both rooms of The Recovery Center and the adjoining Acclimation Pen. So far, they seem to be ok with their confinement. The cubs have a very good appetite and love to play. We hope they continue to tolerate our good intentions for another week or so. 🐻🐻

Sundae Bear slept in a cubby pile with Homer, Diamond, and Champ. This is great news! Yesterday, she wrestled with Homer, then later played with his sisters. It looks like they’ve become friends. The cubs need to gain a little more weight before they’re allowed into a wild enclosure, but the curators don’t expect that to take long. They eat like hungry, hungry hippos. 🦛 🦛🦛🦛

We spotted Peeps, Casper, and Shadow wrestling just outside the thick cover of shrubs and grass that make them nearly impossible to find. They are healthy, happy and full of vinegar, engaged in perpetual battle and foraging between bouts. We’re happy they’re doing so well. 🐻🥊 🐻🥊🐻

We’d like to thank #LandRoverKnoxville for replacing one of the tires on our #landroverdefender free of charge. We depend on our vehicle and we are grateful to them for their generosity. ❤️

On this day in 1996, ABR accepted our first orphaned bear cub. His name was Zero and if he were still living, he’d be about 28 years old. That’s very old for a wild black bear. Regardless of how long Zero actually lived, he wouldn’t have had a life at all if it hadn’t been for the dedicated people who created Appalachian Bear Rescue and to the compassionate friends who’ve donated so generously since then. We’re up to 407 rescued bears now, and our facility has grown tremendously. We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you. ❤️

❤️Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue’s Room in Your Heart Campaign:
appalachianbearrescue.org/room-in-your-heart-campaign/

🎉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-July 8, 2024-Contrary Cubs 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

Weather: 90F (32C) Humidity 59%, Partly Cloudy 🌤️

Yesterday, the curators raised the gate separating Wild Enclosures 1 & 2 so that Duke, Daisy Mae, Jellybean, Jackie P. , and Tots Bear could move to WE#2 to enjoy the lush vegetation. Once again, the cubs didn’t read the memo and have been racing between the enclosures, a very fun game were sure. The curators can only close the gate during daylight hours, so we hope the little bears will stay on the right side of the fence long enough for us to lower the gate.  Cubs! Please stay in Wild Enclosure #2. It is your new home. 🐻🙏

SuBeary and Puff are using both rooms of The Recovery Center and the adjoining Acclimation Pen. So far, they seem to be ok with their confinement. The cubs have a very good appetite and love to play. We hope they continue to tolerate our good intentions for another week or so. 🐻🐻

Sundae Bear slept in a cubby pile with Homer, Diamond, and Champ. This is great news! Yesterday, she wrestled with Homer, then later played with his sisters. It looks like they’ve become friends. The cubs need to gain a little more weight before they’re allowed into a wild enclosure, but the curators don’t expect that to take long. They eat like hungry, hungry hippos. 🦛 🦛🦛🦛

We spotted Peeps, Casper, and Shadow wrestling just outside the thick cover of shrubs and grass that make them nearly impossible to find. They are healthy, happy and full of vinegar, engaged in perpetual battle and foraging between bouts. We’re happy they’re doing so well. 🐻🥊 🐻🥊🐻

We’d like to thank #LandRoverKnoxville for replacing one of the tires on our #landroverdefender free of  charge. We depend on our vehicle and we are grateful to them for their generosity. ❤️

On this day in 1996, ABR accepted our first orphaned bear cub. His name was Zero and if he were still living, he’d be about 28 years old. That’s very old for a wild black bear. Regardless of how long Zero actually lived, he wouldn’t have had a life at all if it hadn’t been for the dedicated people who created Appalachian Bear Rescue and to the compassionate friends who’ve  donated so generously since then. We’re up to 407 rescued bears now, and our facility has grown tremendously. We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you. ❤️

❤️Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue’s Room in Your Heart Campaign:
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/room-in-your-heart-campaign/

🎉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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I’m sure what is very funny to us can eventually become frustrating for curators, but I can’t help but laugh at the shenanigans of Tots and company running from one enclosure to the other during the day, then gathering on the platform in the correct enclosure at night, when they seem to know you can’t put the gate down to keep them there. 😂. I am so glad that Sundae has become friends with her roomies, and that Puff and SuBearu continue to be contented with their current situation, for now. Peeps and friends seem to be doing well. Many thanks to Land Rover of Knoxville for their kindness in replacing the tire. That Defender has certainly been put to good use! It’s hard to believe that it has been 28 years since Bear Zero came to ABR! Wishing ABR many more years of helping these beautiful creatures. 🙏🏻🐻♥️x14

Twenty-eight years and 407 rescued bears! What an accomplishment! Here’s to more years and more surviving bears!

Thank you to everyone at ABR for everything you’ve done for all the cubbies that have come to you. I know there has been heartache & some tears for all of us at times but the joys of watching these sweet little cubbies become chonky young bears has brought so much joy to your followers & I’m sure to you all too.❤️ 🐻

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ABR Daily Update-July 7, 2024-Five in Focus 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

Weather: 86F (30C) Humidity 63%-Partly Cloudy 🌤️

Duke, Daisy Mae, Jellybean, Jackie P. ,and Tots Bear are getting along really well. Jackie Paper is thick with his new friends, but hasn’t forgotten Tots; he spent the morning playing with her as they foraged.

The curators decided Wild Enclosure #1 needed a vacation from our furry delinquents and the delinquents needed the benefit of thicker greenery and more trees. To that end, Curators Jamie and Tom prepared Wild Enclosure #2 to receive the cubs and raised the gate to allow them to go from one enclosure to the other. Then they waited. And waited. And waited.

The bears were curious; they knew something was different with the enclosure but they weren’t about to risk meeting a cub-eating monster by stepping through the gate. Finally, Jellybean walked through, and as soon as his friends made sure he wasn’t someone’s lunch, they followed…except for Tots, who got spooked and climbed a tree. The curators are leaving the gate between the enclosures open so she can come down after dark and join her friends.

The little bears enjoyed exploring the greenery; Curator Tom had smeared peanut butter on one of the artificial springy trees in the enclosure and left a bunch of grapes on one of the branches. One cub licked its way up the tree towards the grapes, another followed, and over went the tree, cubbies and all. They enjoyed the ride and couldn’t wait to get back on.

Our other cubs are doing well: Sundae and Homer had a wresting match today, a step forward in what we hope will become a friendship. SuBearu and Puff like the outdoor Acclimation Pen and are eating well. We’ll write about them in tomorrow’s post.

❤️Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue’s Room in Your Heart Campaign:
appalachianbearrescue.org/room-in-your-heart-campaign/

🎉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-July 7, 2024-Five in Focus 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

Weather: 86F (30C) Humidity 63%-Partly Cloudy 🌤️

Duke, Daisy Mae, Jellybean, Jackie P. ,and Tots Bear are getting along really well. Jackie Paper is thick with his new friends, but hasn’t forgotten Tots; he spent the morning playing with her as they foraged. 

The curators decided Wild Enclosure #1 needed a vacation from our furry delinquents and the delinquents needed the benefit of thicker greenery and more trees. To that end, Curators Jamie and Tom prepared Wild Enclosure #2 to receive the cubs and raised the gate to allow them to go from one enclosure to the other. Then they waited. And waited. And waited. 

The bears were curious; they knew something was different with the enclosure but they weren’t about to risk meeting a cub-eating monster by stepping through the gate. Finally, Jellybean walked through, and as soon as his friends made sure he wasn’t someone’s lunch, they followed…except for Tots, who got spooked and climbed a tree. The curators are leaving the gate between the enclosures open so she can come down after dark and join her friends.  

The little bears enjoyed exploring the greenery; Curator Tom had smeared peanut butter on one of the artificial springy trees in the enclosure and left a bunch of grapes on one of the branches. One cub licked its way up the tree towards the grapes, another followed, and over went the tree, cubbies and all. They enjoyed the ride and couldn’t wait to get back on. 

Our other cubs are doing well: Sundae and Homer had a wresting match today, a step forward in what we hope will become a friendship. SuBearu and Puff like the outdoor Acclimation Pen and are eating well. We’ll write about  them in tomorrow’s post.

❤️Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue’s Room in Your Heart Campaign:
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/room-in-your-heart-campaign/

🎉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”.

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The differences in Enclosure 1 and Enclosure 2 are like the Sahara Desert versus the Rain Forest! With temperatures projected to be in the upper 90’s starting next Sunday, I’m sure the cubs will enjoy having the extra greenery to hide underneath. I hope Tots will come down and join Jackie P and the others soon. I hope Sundae and Homer have started a friendship. 🙏🏻🐻♥️x14

Sweet little Tots! She is a timid little bear. Good thing she has Jackie P to help her.

What a wonderful place to work or volunteer as long as all is well and happy! Thank you all for being there for them! Love the cubs and bears!

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ABR Daily Update-July 6, 2024-Fourteen Individuals 🐻

Weather: 88F (31C) Humidity 54%, Partly Cloudy 🌤️

Our fourteen cubs may look alike, but they are individuals with their own personalities. It has been fascinating watching Jackie Paper, the smallest cub in residence, let us know who he is.

Earlier this week, Jackie and Tots were released to Wild Enclosure #1, home to Daisy Mae, Duke, and our largest cub, Jellybean. Tots took to a tree and stayed there, but Jackie surprised us by immediately introducing himself to the three inhabitants, unintimidated by their number and size. It was amusing to watch him insist they accept him; he’s an “in your face” little bear who puzzled and frightened Daisy, Duke, and The Bean. He wouldn’t be denied their friendship, regardless of their initial reluctance, and by the evening of his first day in their enclosure, he was part of their group, like it or not. Tots waited until the next day before she reclaimed her friendship with Jackie Paper and by default, got the other three cubs too. 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

Diamond, Homer, and Champ are more reserved cubs, as is Sundae. They are learning to live together but aren’t “friends” yet. As long as they don’t bully her, they don’t have to be buddies, but we bet they will be soon. It will just take more time.🐻

SuBearu and Puff are athletic cubs; actually, they are a pair of bruisers. The curators gave them access to the Acclimation Pen adjoining The Recovery Center, hoping to diffuse their energy. The girls are getting used to having three rooms, and we hope they will be enough for SuBearu until she finishes taking her meds and gets another examination in a couple of weeks.🐻🤞

Peeps, Casper, and Shadow have Enclosure #4 to themselves. We often have to infer their presence by watching the shrubs, saplings, and grass move in their wake. They’re an energetic trio and love their Cubby Pool, though Shadow isn’t as big a fan as his brother and Peeps.

On the evening of July 4th, we watched the cubs for reactions to the distant sound of fireworks coming from Townsend. Like every year, the cubs ignored them and slept through the night. We remember having an earth tremor here several years ago and watching a cub sleep through it even while the camera focused on him swayed back and forth. Cubs are attuned to what might be a threat, and the fireworks didn’t qualify. We know how terrifying the “booms” are to domestic animals and pets, so we’re happy the cubs handled it well.🐻🎆

❤️Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue’s Room in Your Heart Campaign:
appalachianbearrescue.org/room-in-your-heart-campaign/

🎉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-July 6, 2024-Fourteen Individuals 🐻

Weather: 88F (31C) Humidity 54%, Partly Cloudy 🌤️

Our fourteen cubs may look alike, but they are individuals with their own personalities. It has been fascinating watching Jackie Paper, the smallest cub in residence, let us know who he is.

Earlier this week, Jackie and Tots were released to Wild Enclosure #1, home to Daisy Mae, Duke, and our largest cub, Jellybean. Tots took to a tree and stayed there, but Jackie surprised us by immediately introducing himself to the three inhabitants, unintimidated by their number and size. It was amusing to watch him insist they accept him; he’s an “in your face” little bear who puzzled and frightened Daisy, Duke, and The Bean. He wouldn’t be denied their friendship, regardless of their initial reluctance, and by the evening of his first day in their enclosure, he was part of their group, like it or not. Tots waited until the next day before she reclaimed her friendship with Jackie Paper and by default, got the other three cubs too. 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

Diamond, Homer, and Champ are more reserved cubs, as is Sundae. They are learning to live together but aren’t “friends” yet. As long as they don’t bully her, they don’t have to be buddies, but we bet they will be soon. It will just take more time.🐻

SuBearu and Puff are athletic cubs; actually,  they are a pair of bruisers. The curators gave them access to the Acclimation Pen adjoining The Recovery Center, hoping to diffuse their energy. The girls are getting used to having three rooms, and we hope they will be enough for SuBearu until she finishes taking her meds and gets another examination in a couple of weeks.🐻🤞

Peeps, Casper, and Shadow have Enclosure #4 to themselves. We often have to infer their presence by watching the shrubs, saplings, and grass move in their wake. They’re an energetic trio and love their Cubby Pool, though Shadow isn’t as big a fan as his brother and Peeps.

On the evening of July 4th, we watched the cubs for reactions to the distant sound of fireworks coming from Townsend. Like every year, the cubs ignored them and slept through the night. We remember having an earth tremor here several years ago and watching a cub sleep through it even while the camera focused on him swayed back and forth. Cubs are attuned to what might be a threat, and the fireworks didn’t qualify. We know how terrifying the “booms” are to domestic animals and pets, so we’re happy the cubs handled it well.🐻🎆

❤️Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue’s Room in Your Heart Campaign:
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/room-in-your-heart-campaign/

🎉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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What a wonderful post today! I am so thrilled for little “in your face” Jackie P! His persistence paid off. I can only imagine what Daisy, Duke and JellyBean must have been thinking. Glad Tots got into the group as well. I hope Homer, Diamond and Champ will officially welcome Sundae to their group. I remember how yearlings Tinsel and Twinkle pretty much just tolerated each other until making friends not long before their releases. Peeps, Casper and Shadow are smart staying in the cool shade of their enclosure, although I know that doesn’t make it easy for curators to keep eyes on them. As for Puff and SuBearu, I guess SuBearu didn’t get the memo that she has another injured leg and needs to give it time to heal! 🙏🏻🐻♥️x14

Thank you for taking such great care of these precious 14 cubs! This update is proof of your commitment and dedication in caring and nursing these young orphans to one day be released back to their home in the wild. ♥️🐻

Wonderful pictures and it is amazing what you and your crew do for these precious animals. As far as fireworks, I despise them I wish they were banned. I think about deer,and all the other wilds that have to put up with it.

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Join us for an update on the 14 cubs and some more discussion about how to make your community in Tennessee more BearWise ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello Greg and bear friends. Got some wonderful rain in Knoxville too 🐻😊

We have a big black Bear that uses our land as a track for him to the words

I’ve been following you a long time and often thought you should do more advocacy to stop the problems before you get the cubs and yearlings! I love this approach. We need to accept wildlife as neighbors and stop interfering where we can. More roadsigns to slow traffic, more wildlife bridges, better ways to eliminate and/or lock up human garbage. Part of the draw of tourism is to offer an opportunity to see wildlife. if you’re making money on this tourism, you should gets your ducks in a row and do it right. This includes the big businesses and the small airbnbs.

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