On June 18, a young female Black Bear cub was admitted to the Center from Shenandoah County. The cub was reportedly hit by a vehicle on June 16; a rescuer saw the cub and brought the young bear into her house before calling the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. A DGIF officer retrieved the cub the following day and brought the bear to the Center on June 18.
Dr. Sarah Sirica, the Center's veterinary intern, examined the cub when she arrived. The bear was quiet but alert, and had a superficial abrasion on her forehead. The cub was slightly thin and had a tick infestation, it was not readily apparent on examination if the cub had been orphaned, or hit by a vehicle while still following her mother. No injuries were noted on radiographs. The veterinary team gave the bear fluids, an anti-inflammatory, and an anti-parasitic. Bloodwork revealed the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream; the team started the bear on a course of injectable antibiotics.
The cub was placed in a Zinger crate for monitoring. While there were no obvious injuries, the collision with the vehicle could've caused head trauma that was not readily apparent. The veterinary team will coordinate with DGIF to see if there is an active sow in the area where the cub was rescued, though it's likely at this point that the cub will stay in the Center's care.