On the night of March 6, an Augusta County animal control officer found a young Bald Eagle injured on a road in Middle River, VA. He was able to capture the eagle and called the Wildlife Center’s after-hours phone line for assistance. Dr. Sarah, one of the Center’s veterinary interns, met the animal control officer at the Wildlife Center later that night to admit the eagle.
PATIENT: Bald Eagle, #11-1235
LOCATION OF RESCUE: Hampton, Virginia
ADMISSION DATE: June 9, 2011
On August 26, 2015, a mature female Bald Eagle was released at Widewater State Park in Stafford, Virginia. The eagle was rescued in the same area in May 2015; the bird spent more than three months recovering at the Wildlife Center. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.
In early 2020, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. This year, the Center admitted an unusually high number of infant cubs; between late January and mid-February, seven Black Bear cubs were admitted. These infants ranged from two- to four-weeks-old at admission.
On March 29, a juvenile Bald Eagle was found on the ground and unable to fly near a landfill in King and Queen County, Virginia. The eagle, a female approximately one to two years in age, was transferred to the Center on March 30 by permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher of Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation.
On March 30, the Wildlife Center admitted an adult Deer Mouse that was stuck to a glue trap. On presentation, veterinary staff reported that the mouse was bright and alert, though covered in glue residue that would need to be removed before proceeding with an examination. The staff used gentle soap and water to carefully remove the sticky residue, revealing a wound on the mouse’s front left foot. Vet staff cleaned the wound, provided supportive fluids, and prepared an aquarium enclosure for the mouse to recover in.
On February 16, Wildlife Center President Ed Clark responded to a call about a wildlife situation in his own neighborhood -- a small, thin Black Bear yearling was reportedly sleeping on someone's porch, not moving. Ed was able to acquire a variety of safety equipment and gloves and trapped the bear yearling in a crate.
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.
On May 13, three more Black Bear cubs arrived at the Wildlife Center of Virginia! The cubs were found in Luray on May 12; the finder heard the cubs crying in a field behind a house. The bears were gathered and placed in a box for the night outside to see if the mother bear would come back for them, but sadly there was no sign of the sow by the next morning. DGIF instructed the finder to bring the cubs to the Wildlife Center.
At about 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, a Black Bear sow was hit and killed by a truck on I-64 in Rockbridge County. There were three cubs with her, and the trucker called the state police. The cubs climbed about 50-60 feet up a nearby tree.