Black Bear 22-1286

Admission Date: 
May 24, 2022
Location of Rescue: 
Montgomery County, Virginia
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Underweight
Prognosis: 
Guarded
Patient Status: 
Current Patient

On May 24, a yearling Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Montgomery County, Virginia. The bear had been spotted in someone's yard for several days; while yearling bears are old enough to be on their own at this time of year, this bear appeared very thin and in need of assistance. The bear was able to be contained and the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources transported him to the Wildlife Center. 

Dr. Olivia, one of the Center's veterinary interns, examined the male bear when he arrived. The yearling was quiet and alert and in poor body condition, with a heavy burden of ticks. Radiographs revealed a possible old injury to the bear's left elbow. Bloodwork confirmed severe anemia and lower-than-normal levels of protein, likely due to the bear's malnutrition and heavy tick burden. A skin scrape was negative for parasites. The bear weighed 14.9 kg. 

The team gave the bear subcutaneous fluids and an anti-parasitic medication and placed the yearling in a Zinger crate indoors for the evening. The following day, the staff moved the bear to the Center's bear pens for additional observation. At this point, the bear's prognosis is guarded, due to his poor body condition and issues with blood work. The staff will offer food and supportive care and will monitor the bear's ability to walk and climb using his front left leg. 

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Updates

June 9, 2022

Black Bear yearling #22-1286 has been recovering quietly in the Center’s Bear Pens in the weeks since his admission. Though the bear is not extremely active in front of staff, based on observation, the yearling appears to be able to ambulate normally around his enclosure. The staff have noted that he remains very interested in food deliveries, though this behavior may be due to his underweight condition and chronic lack of food prior to arriving at the Center. The bear is currently eating eight pounds of food a day; as the bear gains weight, the staff will continue to evaluate his behavior and assess the yearling for release.

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