In a Thursday news release, park officials said they lost Tanasi on Dec. 13, when he “had to be given humane rest due to the aggressive progression of myelopathy, a debilitating degenerative disease affecting the spinal cord and nervous system.”
Tanasi was 11 years old. He arrived at Bays Mountain Park in May 2007 as a pup from Bear Country U.S.A., located in Rapid City, South Dakota. “During his time at the park, thanks to his sweet-natured personality and friendly spirit, Tanasi captured the hearts of staff, volunteers, and visitors alike very early on as a pup and grew to become a well-respected Alpha Male within the pack,” park officials said in the news release. Tanasi’s name is derived from the Cherokee meaning Tennessee.
If you want to share any photos or memories of Tanasi, park officials ask that you post them on Facebook and tag Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium or Instagram and tag @baysmountainpark.
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