Black Bear Cub #21-0592 [Double Blue Tags]

Admission Date: 
April 19, 2021
Release Date: 
April 12, 2022
Location of Rescue: 
Wythe County, Virginia
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Separated from mother
Patient Status: 
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On April 18, a young Black Bear cub was found near the side of the road in Wythe County, Virginia. The cub's rescuer left it alone for several hours and checked back later, but the cub was still in the same area with no signs of a sow. The rescuer picked up the cub and called the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR). A DWR biologist took the cub back to the same area where it was rescued and again left it for a longer period of time, in every attempt to reunite the cub with its mother, but by April 19, the biologist decided that the cub should be transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia for further care. 

Dr. Cameron, one of the Center's interns, examined the male bear cub when he arrived, and found that the cub had no signs of injuries and was in fair body condition. A full examination and diagnostics were performed the following day, all within normal limits. The cub weighed 1.14 kg. 

After the examination, the cubs were introduced to one another. Both are on the same feeding schedules, receiving a specialized bear formula four times a day. The female cub prefers mush bowls; the rehabilitation staff will determine how the new male cub prefers to eat. 

 

Your donation will help provide care to this young Black Bear cub ... which will be rehabilitated at the Wildlife Center of Virginia until the spring of 2022! 

 

Updates

April 13, 2022

DWR biologist Katie Martin reported that the double Black Bear release went well on Tuesday, April 12! Both bears were transported to their release site; the DWR biologists did a full workup, including a physical examination, weight, skin scraping, and blood draw. The colored ear tags that were used at the Center for identification were removed and replaced with a green identification tag in each ear.

Katie reported that both bears looked great; Black Bear #21-0705 [Double Red Tags, female] weighed in at 28.2 kg and Black Bear #21-0592 [Double Blue Tags, male] weighed 41.8 kg.

Once the examination was over and both bears recovered, they quickly ran off in their new home. Katie said “the female was gone so fast, it was actually amazing. The male was a little slower, then got into the woods and took off.”

The remaining three Black Bears at the Wildlife Center will be released on Wednesday, April 20.

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