On Friday, November 20, a private citizen observed an underweight, weak Black Bear cub in Greene County. The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources placed a humane trap in the area, successfully capturing the bear on Saturday, November 21. The cub was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia that same day.
Veterinary intern Dr. Sarah performed an intake examination when the cub arrived. Based on his dentition, the cub appears to be a young-of-the-year bear, likely born in the late winter of 2020. The bear was very thin and dehydrated, weighing only 5.96 kg. A skin scraping confirmed that the bear had sarcoptic mange mites. Mild abrasions on the bear’s feet were also found, likely related to his overall poor condition.
A set of radiographs were taken, which did not show any signs of internal trauma or abnormalities. Following the intake examination, the bear was kept in the Center’s indoor holding area overnight. On November 22, the veterinary staff moved the cub outside to Bear Pen 1.
During the coming week, Center staff will closely observe the bear and will offer an oral medication for the mange when the bear is eating consistently. It's likely that this cub will join Black Bear cub #20-3590 when both are free from mange and large though to be moved to the Black Bear Complex.