On March 14, a yearling American black bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center of Virginia after a private citizen contacted the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries with concerns that the bear was struggling to climb and seemed very weak.
On August 19, 2017, a hatch-year female Bald Eagle was released at Mason Neck State Park in Fairfax County, Virginia. The eagle was rescued in Essex County in May 2017. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.
On May 4, the Center admitted a young Bald Eagle from Middlesex County. The bird was seen in a field for two days, without any evidence of parents coming to feed it; the bird was taken to Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation and was transferred to the Wildlife Center two days later.
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.