Black Bear cub #17-0606 [Orange Tag]

Admission Date: 
April 24, 2017
Release Date: 
April 3, 2018
Location of Rescue: 
Rockbridge County, VA
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Separated from mother
Patient Status: 
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On April 24, a small Black Bear cub was found by the side of the road in Rockbridge County, Virginia, and arrangements were made to transport the cub to the Center the same evening.

Dr. Ernesto, the Center's Hospital Director, examined the female cub upon admission. He found that the cub was thin and dehydrated, weighing in at 1.62 kg. Blood work revealed mild anemia; otherwise, the cub did not have any injuries, and is generally considered healthy. Dr. Ernesto put an orange identification tag in the cub's right ear.

Wildlife rehabilitator Brie began offering the cub formula the following day; at this point, the cub seems overwhelmed by her new environment, though she is warming up to Brie. The cub is currently in the same area with the other four cubs at the Wildlife Center, though isn't being housed in the same zinger crate yet.

Your special donation will help the Center to provide care to this young Black Bear cub ... and to the 2,500 sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals the Center will treat this year. 

Updates

April 3, 2018

On the morning of April 3, the Wildlife Center team was able to successfully dart four bears: #17-0352 [No Tag], #17-0745 [Pink Tag], #17-0606 [Orange Tag], and #17-0444 [White Tag]. Each bear was examined and had blood drawn and a skin scraping, all of which were negative for mites. The bears received a green ear tag in each ear, were weighed, and loaded into a bear trap on a DGIF truck. They’ll be released early this afternoon by a DGIF biologist.

 

 

Final weights – and photos!

Orange Tag: 30.2 kg

No Tag: 31.6 kg

Pink Tag: 36.9 kg

White Tag: 31.2 kg

The next set of bears will be darted and picked up on Thursday morning; the final bears may be picked up on Thursday afternoon.

Afternoon Update: Katie, the DGIF biologist who released No Tag, Pink Tag, Orange Tag, and White Tag today reported in this afternoon that everything went well! She told wildlife rehabilitator Brie that there were a couple of bears who were a little sleepy when they came out of the bear trap, but all four bears headed straight for the woods. One even climbed a tree right away to get farther away.

No  Tag: 

 

One of the four: 

No Tag: