Smokey is a black bear who was badly injured as a cub during the Shasta (California) fires in July, 2008. When he was first rescued by a firefighter on July 17 2008, he had severe burns on all four paws. He arrived at LTWC the following day to begin his road to recovery.
After several months of rehabilitation at LTWC, Smokey’s paws healed, and he was successfully released back to the wild on February 5, 2009. During his rehabilitation, Smokey’s story was reported by regional and national media outlets, winning over the hearts of people all over the world.
In order to keep everyone following Li’l Smokey’s story up-to-date, LTWC began a blog to document his recovery, and installed a webcam to allow people to check in on him themselves.
Li’l Smokey’s influence endures at LTWC. The webcam now follows the progress of orphaned bear cubs during their stay at LTWC. Many of those who followed Li’l Smokey’s progress started the online community here at LTWC. New members of the LTWC online community are always welcome — just jump into the comments section of the webcam and introduce yourself!
Li’l Smokey’s Blog Archives – We’ll move the archives of Smokey’s story to LTWC.org soon. Until then, you can find the full blog archives at www.ltwc.typepad.com.
Annual Li’l Smokey Reunion – Each July, members of the Li’l Smokey online community get together to talk, have fun and remember Li’l Smokey’s story in person. Stay tuned for details about the 2012 reunion!
lilsmokey.net – Website about Li’l Smokey’s rescue, by Adam Deem, the firefighter who found Li’l Smokey.