On the morning of Thursday, April 5, the Wildlife Center veterinary team was able to successfully dart and sedate Black Bears #17-0744 [Yellow Tag], #17-0411 [Green Tag], and #17-0374 [Red Tag]. The bears each received an examination and skin scraping; everything was within normal limits. Each bear received a green ear tag in both ears prior to loading into the DGIF truck for release.
Dr. Peach, wildlife rehabilitator Brie, wildlife rehabilitation intern Shannon, director of outreach Amanda, and outreach coordinator Raina were able to attend the release with two DGIF biologists. Red Tag, who was loaded last and separated in the bear trap from the other two bears, appeared to be the most alert and was released first. The bear was still a little sleepy, but walked off into the woods.
Dr. Peach “reversed” the other two bears’ sedation with an additional injection of drugs, and the team waited for about 20 minutes while the bears woke up. Both were still a little wobbly and were slow to jump out of the truck. Once they did, they both walked off into the woods.
After the release team came back to the Wildlife Center, Double Orange Tags [#17-2065] and Double Yellow Tags [#17-2035] were darted, sedated, examined, tagged, and loaded into the DGIF truck. They'll be released early this evening.
Yellow Tag: 40.6 kg
Green Tag: 39.4 kg
Red Tag: 58.4 kg
Double Orange Tags: 49.9 kg
Double Yellow Tags: 42.8 kg