Sponsors & Vendors



Appalachian Bear Rescue

Appalachian Bear Rescue 

Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR) cares for orphaned and injured black bear cubs for return to their natural wild habitat; increases public awareness about coexisting with black bears; and studies all aspects of returning cubs to the wild.  ABR is located in Townsend, Tennessee.


BearSaver is the world’s leading supplier of bear-resistant trashcans, recycle bins and food storage lockers. Servicing every bear-habituated State and Canadian Province, our product lines are often copied but never matched. BearSaver is the #1 trusted source for NPS, USFS and other US Government agencies.


Recipient of the 1998 Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee Stewardship Award for Research and Development of Bear Pepper Spray.  The original bear pepper spray, Counter Assault has the best combination of spray time and spray distance for canisters of similar size.  Our specially designed manufacturing facility is located in Kalispell, Montana.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Our office is responsible for the management of rich biological diversity that is intricately tied to Cherokee culture, with roles in subsistence, medicine, and ceremonies. We help sustain fish and wildlife populations and their interrelationships with the environment as an integral way to maintain Cherokee livelihood in a changing world.


Over the last 25 years, Friends of the Smokies has served as an official nonprofit partner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has raised more than $60 million to support critical park programs and maintain the Smokies as a crown jewel of the National Park Service.


Authorized by the U.S. Congress, Great Smoky Mountains Association is a nonprofit cooperating association, and as such is one of the National Park Service’s oldest, most enduring partnerships. Our primary purpose is to support GSMNP’s scientific, historical and interpretive activities by providing educational products and services to park visitors.

Living with Bears

Anyone who works with people and wildlife can rely on the Living with Bears Handbook and companion Bear Smart Pocket Guides to make their job easier. Linda Masterson’s Handbook is filled with sound science, workable solutions and useful resources; Pocket Guides can be custom imprinted with your logo and info.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

TWRA is honored to host the 5th International Human-Bear Conflicts Workshop in Gatlinburg, Tenn.  The agency’s mission is to preserve, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife of the state and their habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors.


Wildlife Services, in USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, provides Federal leadership to create a balance allowing people and wildlife to coexist. Addressing wildlife damage to agriculture, property, natural resources, and human health, its skills are employed at emergencies and in response to requests.  Contact: 1-866-4USDA-WS (1-866-487-3297) or www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife-damage.

Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

Virginia offers a diversity of habitats and wildlife species steeped in history. Across the Commonwealth, black bears have become a success story of DGIF’s management efforts.   Wildlife and people are becoming ever more entwined and our mission continues to serve both the resource and the people who cherish Virginia’s wildlife.


Safety in Bear Country Society


Tennessee Wildlife Society

Zoo Knoxville



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