The University of Tennessee has had a close relationship with Appalachian Bear Rescue since its inception in the early 1990s.  University staff and graduates have served as board members and advisers and the School of Veterinary Medicine has provided veterinary care for numerous bears, offering student veterinarians a rare and valuable opportunity to practice their skills and learn from these wild animals.

ABR operating as a 501 © 3 non-profit organization takes in orphaned and injured black bear cubs for rehabilitation.  Eligible bears are released back into the wild as soon as they are in good health and in accordance with guidelines established by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.  Many of the regional wildlife officers and Smokies park staff who transport the bears to and from the operation are also graduates of the university.  A record number of bear cubs (23) have been housed at the facility this fall due to a failure in the mast or food crop.

You have a unique opportunity to support our relationship with ABR by voting for their opportunity to acquire up to $100,000 through the Chase Community Giving program.  They need every vote possible as the program comes to a close tomorrow, Tuesday, November 22nd at Noon EST, so time is of the essence.

The contest is on Facebook and sponsored by Chase Community Giving. (You have to accept a Chase app in order to vote – it’s easy!)

Click HERE

Please share this email with anyone that will vote and help these magnificent symbols of wilderness continue to thrive!  Thank You Very Much.

– Joel and Kathy Zachry, Program Managers, Smoky Mountain Field School