Back in May this yearling was seen around the Chimneys picnic area. For what ever reason it was undersize by about 50%. It was also without a mother for what ever reason. The Park Service tried to capture it for several days. It was determined to be to small to tranquilize, so traping was about the only option. I was there when it finally went into the trap and was captured, and helped load it into the truck. The ranger was going to try and get it into Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend for health tests and to fatten it up some. I don’t know the outcome, but this is a good example of behind the scenes work the Park service does. They presisted for several days untill they captured it so it could receve some need help. For those wanting to donate to a worthy cause here is the adress for Appalachian Bear Rescue

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  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaverabout 4 years ago

    Excellent shot! You can see what this little bear is thinking!

    HELUAabout 4 years ago

    Thanks for the narrative on this cute bear!!

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyabout 4 years ago

    In the right place at the right time, if this is in the wild

  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayabout 4 years ago

    Great insight into the work they do, hope this little bear survived…wonderful capture;)

  • Phillip M. Burrow
    Phillip M. Burrowabout 4 years ago

    Great shot Gary, and congratulations on being there at the right time. That must have been quite an experience.

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallabout 4 years ago

    excellent capture :))

  • ericb
    ericbabout 4 years ago

    Great shot, Gary. Thanks for the story, also.

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