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This is Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care's official blog for Li'l Smokey, the orphaned bear cub injured in the Moon Fire on July 17, 2008. Please visit for more information or to make a donation.


On Thursday, July 17, Adam Deem, a forester with Cal Fire's California Northern Region Office, found and rescued an 8-1/2lb bear cub who had been injured in the Moon Fire. On Friday, July 18, the cub, nicknamed "Li'l Smokey" by Deem, arrived at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care (LTWC) for care.

This blog follows his recovery. Visit to learn more about LTWC, or to make a donation.

LTWC is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Our Federal ID number is 94-2799765.

We are an independent, nonprofit volunteer organization whose function is to raise, rehabilitate and release orphaned and injured wild birds and animals.

LTWC operates under permits issued by California Fish & Game and the United States Department of the Interior & Wildlife Service. No fee is charged for any bird or wild animal brought to the center, nor is any wild animal refused care.

From a handful of people in 1978 with an idea to help wildlife in their area, LTWC has grown to an organization that now provides a service to more than nine counties in California and Nevada surrounding the Lake Tahoe region.