On March 26, a private citizen brought a Northern Black Racer to the Wildlife Center after finding it entangled in landscape netting. Senior veterinarian intern Dr. Karra was able to safely and quickly cut away the netting, which was tightly bound around the upper portion of the racer’s body.
On January 24, an adult Bald Eagle reportedly “fell from the sky” and crash-landed in Accomack County. The eagle was taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator for care before it was transferred to the Wildlife Center the following day.
On December 16, a young Black Bear cub was reported to have approached a hunter in the woods in Augusta County, Virginia. There was no sow seen in the area, and the bear was picked up and given to a private citizen where it was kept in a house for three days. The bear was transported to the Wildlife Center and admitted on December 19.
On March 3, a citizen found a male Mallard duck limping in a ditch by the side of the road in Fauquier County, Virginia. The rescuer was able to catch the duck and took him to New Baltimore Animal Hospital. A Wildlife Center transporter was able to pick up the duck the following day and drove him to the Center.
On December 11, a young Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Madison County, Virginia. A private citizen saw the bear in the same area for several weeks; the bear appeared weak and as if it was slowing declining in health and mobility.
Dr. Claire, the Center’s veterinary intern, examined the male bear when he arrived. Based on the bear’s size and dentition, this bear was likely born in the winter of 2019 – making him, by some standards, a “cub” – though turning into a yearling next month. In Virginia, the median birth date for bear cubs is in mid-January.
On April 22, a citizen in Augusta County saw a Black Bear cub by itself but did not interfere. When the lone cub was spotted the following evening, the citizen contacted the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, who came and picked up the cub. On the afternoon of April 24, DGIF officials brought the cub to the Wildlife Center.
The 2019 Black Bear cub season started on Friday, April 19 with the arrival of cub #19-0492!
On August 22, an immature Red-tailed Hawk was found down in a field in Bedford County, Virginia. The property owner, who works at Peak View Animal Hospital, took the hawk to her clinic for stabilization before the young bird was transferred to the Wildlife Center the following day.
On July 30, the Wildlife Center admitted a female Bobcat kitten from Floyd County, Virginia. The rescuer found the young bobcat inside a chicken coop and no adult bobcat was observed nearby.
Upon arrival to the hospital, the bobcat was bright, feisty, and growling. An initial examination revealed that the kitten was thin and dehydrated with ticks around her ears and eyes. Blood work, radiographs, and the rest of her physical exam were unremarkable. The veterinary team gave the bobcat fluids and sprayed her with a topical treatment for fleas and ticks.
On the afternoon of March 22, the Wildlife Center admitted another male yearling Black Bear. A park ranger found the bear at James River State Park in Buckingham County; the bear was lying in a ditch and appeared to be extremely weak. A DGIF biologist responded to the scene to capture the bear and transport him to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.