Black Bear cub #17-0744 [Yellow Tag]

Admission Date: 
May 2, 2017
Release Date: 
April 5, 2018
Location of Rescue: 
Wythe County, Virginia
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Separated from mother
Patient Status: 
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On May 2, the wildlife veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries delivered two Black Bear cubs to the Wildlife Center. One cub, #17-0744, was a male cub found walking down the side of the road in Wythe County, Virginia.

Dr. Peach, one of the Wildlife Center's veterinarians, examined the cub when he arrived. The cub was thin and dehydrated, but didn't have any obvious injuries. Radiographs and blood work were performed; results were within normal limits. The cub weighed 2.3 kg and Dr. Peach placed a yellow identification tag in the cub's left ear.

Wildlife rehabilitator Brie will begin bottle-feeding the bear with an oral rehydration solution; during the next day, the cub will be weaned onto bear formula.

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April 5, 2018

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

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