Black Bear cub #16-2496

Admission Date: 
December 7, 2016
Release Date: 
May 3, 2017
Location of Rescue: 
Frederick County, VA
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Patient Status: 
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On December 4, a homeowner in Frederick County found a Black Bear cub sleeping in a doghouse in the garage. The homeowner moved the doghouse outside, but when the bear cub didn't depart after a couple of days, a biologist with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries came to pick up the cub. The bear was transported to the Wildlife Center on December 7.

Dr. Ernesto examined the male cub when he arrived, and found him to be severely dehydrated and in poor body condition. The bear had several patches of thickened skin and about 10-20% hair loss -- a symptom of mange, which is prevalent in the Frederick County area. Dr. Ernesto drew blood for analysis, which revealed that the bear was anemic. Skin scrapings confirmed the presence of sarcoptic mange.

The bear cub was given subcutaneous fluids, and Dr. Ernesto started the cub on a course of anti-parasitic medication to treat the mites that cause the mange. A colored ear tag was placed in each of the bear's ears to help identify him when he moves to the Bear Complex after recovering from mange; this bear will be identified as "Red/Yellow Tags". The cub will be housed in the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure throughout the course of his mange treatment.

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May 4, 2017

On May 3, Black Bear yearlings #16-2448 and #16-2496 were picked up for release! Dr. Peach darted the two bears for a quick exam, weight, and re-tagging for release; bears rehabilitated at the Wildlife Center are generally released wearing a green ear tag in each ear. The VDGIF biologist from the Frederick County region picked up the bears to return them to the same general area where they were rescued.

Black Bear #16-2496 weighed in at 35.7 kg; bear #16-2448 weighed 37.7 kg.

Bear #16-2496 [Yellow/Red Tags]: 


Bear #16-2448 [White/Green Tags]:


February 20, 2017

On February 17, Yellow/Red Tags and Green/White Tags were moved from the Center's Large Mammal Isolation Complex to the Bear Pens. The two bears are finished with their mange treatments but will act as neighbors to Black Bear #17-0093 {White/Pink Tags] until he is done with his mange treatment. The bears will then be introduced and moved to the Black Bear Complex.

January 18, 2017

The two "mange bears" in the Center's Large Mammal Isolation enclosure are both doing well; their hair coats have been improving, and the bears are eating well. Bear #16-2496  [Red/Yellow Tags] was darted and examined on Friday, January 6; dead mites were found on a skin scraping.


Bear #16-2448 [Green/White Tags].is was darted and examined on Sunday, January 15; the team did not find any mites but did find mite eggs.

Both bears will need to be mite-free before they are moved to the Center's Bear Complex.

December 19, 2016

Black Bear cub 16-2496 [Red/Yellow Tags] is doing well in the Center's Large Mammal Isolation Complex. The bear is eating, and the veterinary staff will weigh the bear in early January, when he is scheduled for his second round of skin scrapings and biopsies. The bear gained a neighbor this past weekend: Black Bear cub #16-2448 [Green/White Tags]. The two mange cubs will likely be housed together after cub #16-2496 receives his next examination.