These stories will tell you a lot about ABR and what we do…and about where the bears come from that find their way to our one-of-a-kind Townsend facility.

These are heart-warming stories, all of them. Please feel free to share them with others!

Chester Bear

One day an officer for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park transported bears ‘Chester’ and ‘Camper’ to ABR. Both yearlings were far underweight, weighing 30 pounds and 27 pounds respectively.

‘Highway’s’ Story

Bears are extremely resilient animals that recover rapidly from injuries. A good example of this is seen in the story of ”Highway.” A cub that was injured by a car was admitted to ABR one September. Observers had reported to TWRA that this cub, with his mother and a sibling, were crossing the road when…

Cades Cove Bear

In late June one year ABR received a call from a biologist with the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, regarding a bear that was trapped near the Cades Cove campground. Although nearly 2 1/2 years old this bear weighed only 49 pounds. Just by looking at her they could tell something was wrong; she was…