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Black Bear cubs of 2021

In April 2021, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2021 cubs will be released in the spring of 2022. 

Black Bear cub #21-1427

On May 25, a female Black Bear cub was admitted from Powhatan County after her mother was hit and killed by a car. The cub was able to be captured and transported to the Wildlife Center later that same evening. 

Black Bear cub #21-1097 [Yellow Tag]

On May 10, the Wildlife Center admitted another Black Bear cub -- the fourth cub to join the "cubs of 2021"! This small bear was found alone in Botetourt County; rescuers saw the cub on its own for three days, with no sign of the sow. A retired Conservation Police Officer came to retrieve the cub and took it to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke; the cub was given fluids before he was sent to the Wildlife Center the following day. 

Black Bear cub #21-0705 [Double Red Tags]

On April 26, the Wildlife Center admitted another Black Bear cub, bringing the current 2021 cub tally to three. The newest female cub was found in a tree in Grayson County, Virginia. The bear was in the tree for several days; no sow was seen in the area. 

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

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.

Black Bear cub #21-0545 [Double Lavender Tags]

On April 16, a young Black Bear cub was found in Floyd County, Virginia, attempting to eat a homeowner's sweet feed (goat food). The homeowner waited several hours to see if the sow would return to claim her cub; but after a few hours with no sign of the bear's mother, the bear cub was first taken to Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke. A biologist with the Department of Wildlife Resources checked the area for den sites but was unable to find any sign of a sow. The cub was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia later that same evening. 

Albus

Species Name (EN):
Eastern Ratsnake
Species Name (LA):
Pantherophis alleghaniensis

Albus was admitted to the Wildlife Center in December 2012. He was rescued by animal control and was taken to a humane society when his former owner moved to an assisted living facility. Because it is unknown how long Albus was in captivity, or where he was originally found, he is unable to be released into the wild.

Tracking RR53

On July 4, 2018, a fifth-year Bald Eagle was released at Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Richmond County, Virginia. The eagle was rescued at the refuge in May 2018. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.

First Raptor Hatchlings of 2022

On March 3, the Wildlife Center of Virginia admitted two young Great Horned Owlets, the first hatchling raptors seen as patients during 2022. A private citizen found the hatchling owls alone on the ground near a Greer and Associates construction site in Albemarle County on March 2, after the birds had likely fallen from their nest. A private citizen observed an adult Great Horned Owl flying in the area, as well as the owlets’ nest. The following day, the Center’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern Ben Cole rescued and transported both owlets to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Bald Eagle #21-3792

On December 20, a private citizen found an adult Bald Eagle in the woods behind Rappahannock Community College in Saluda, VA. During the next two days, the citizen noticed that the eagle remained on the ground and did not seem able to fly. Concerned for the eagle’s well-being, they contacted Julie Wobig of Tidewater Wildlife Rescue. Julie captured the eagle later that night and took it to permitted wildlife rehabber Deb Woodward. The eagle was transferred to the Wildlife Center the following day.

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