Li’l Smokey

Who is Li’l Smokey?

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 soon. Until then, you can find the full blog archives at

Li’l Smokey’s Photo and Videos – visit our galleries for photos and videos of Li’l Smokey. 

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.netWebsite about Li’l Smokey’s rescue, by Adam Deem, the firefighter who found Li’l Smokey.

5 Responses to Li’l Smokey

  1. sandi says:

    That bear was trying to protect her cub. She should not be punished. I you are with your child & see someone with 3 dogs, wouldn’t you think that they might attack and hurt your child ? Would you not try to protect your child ? Thank You.

    • Lori Ugolik says:

      I agree with you all. I have seen people letting their dogs off leash in Taylor Creek when the rangers were on furlough, and another idiot walking 3 border collies between a mother and 2 cubs!

  2. sandi says:

    The woman with the dogs should not have been walking all 3 in bear country. If she was out with her children, she would have been protecting them also. She is an idiot trying to interfere with a mother who was protecting her children.

  3. Jordan says:

    I hope you guys find that bar and her cubs because that’s just plain cruel. I bet the mama bear was just protecting her cubs and the lady got to close! They have no right to kill that mama bear. LTWC please fine that bear!
    Jordan from Tahoe

  4. Ann Andrews says:

    Hi there
    I just read about a momma bear and her cub in California. Apparently the mom bear scratched a woman taking her three dogs for a walk; now the bear is on the wanted list and is about to be shot. That doesn’t seem right to me, in fact it seems right cruel. I think it is in the Washington Post.

    Goof luck with all your efforts, Ann from England.

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