Townsend, TN

Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR), a Townsend-based one-of-a-kind rehabilitation center for orphaned and injured black bears, hosted its third annual Black Bear Expo on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Shops at Trillium Cove.

The event was free to the public and featured live music by the Ross Brothers and clogging by J. Creek Cloggers, as well as campsite demonstrations, educational children’s games, and a fly fishing demonstration by Little River Outfitters. Numerous local vendors also participated. Representatives from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency were on hand to demonstrate bear trapping techniques and other bear-related things like skulls and scat, books, photos and more.

Sue Moody is assistant manager of the Village Market IGA that sponsors ABR’s ‘Make our Cubbies Chubby‘ program

J Creek Cloggers from Maggie Valley, NC

TWRA biologist David Whitehead showing a barrel trap in which he traps and transports bears

A family learning about TWRA and bears

ABR Board member Joey Holt (left) showing visitors how to camp safely in bear country

ABR Board member Heather Ripley and her husband, Bill

This little guy really likes his ABR stuffed bear!

Chief Wildlife Biologist for the GSMNP, Bill Stiver, discusses park policies and wildlife with Expo attendees

ABR volunteer, Julie Kennedy, shows scat samples to Expo visitors

Boy and his father learning why human food is bad for bears

A bear skull up close

ABR Board president, Dana Dodd, at the ABR info table at the Townsend Spring Festival

Chuck Cooper, the photographer who led the Expo photo field trip to Cades Cove and Jack Burgin, past president of ABR

Cleve Allen, owner of Allen’s Welding and Custom Fabrication, with his bearproof trash containers

Dana Dodd encouraging visitors to the Spring Festiva to support ABR

Signing up new ABR volunteers

Expo attendees checking out upcoming programs at the Smoky Mountain Field School

Overall view of ABR’s Expo setup

J Creek Cloggers put on a spirited show!

One of the many “message bears” posted throughout the event grounds