Appalachian Bear Rescue releases orphaned cub sisters into wild

Courtesy: Appalachian Bear Rescue/WATE

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (WATE) – After weeks of planning, Appalachian Bear Rescue said they have released two bear cubs back into the wild.

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than to announce that Summer and Juliette were released back to the wild yesterday,” said the rescue group. “The return of orphaned black bear cubs to where they belong is the culmination of our mission.”

Staff at Appalachian Bear Rescue said it was a big task to separate the two sisters from the other cubs.

They said the bears are chubby and ready to hibernate and food doesn’t hold the same attraction as it once did.

The rescue group said release day went off without a hitch.

The sisters were outfitted with GPS radio collars, thanks to a partnership with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

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