Black Bear cub #22-1448 [Double Orange Tags]

Admission Date: 
June 1, 2022
Location of Rescue: 
Loudoun County, VA
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Patient Status: 
Current Patient

On the night of May 31, a Black Bear sow was hit and killed by a vehicle in Loudoun County. Virginia Department of Wildlife Resource biologists responded to the scene and found a bear cub that had climbed a nearby tree.  Biologists Jordan and Carl worked well into the night to extract the orphaned cub from a tree; they were finally successful the following morning at 4:00 am! Carl transported the cub to the Wildlife Center just hours later as staff arrived at work.

Dr. Olivia, one of the Center’s veterinary interns, examined the male cub when he arrived. She reports that the bear was bright, alert, and responsive, and appeared in good body condition. The physical examination revealed no injuries, and radiographs and skin scrapings were also within normal limits. The cub weighed 9.60 kg – the largest of the five cubs currently at the Center!

The cub was placed in a Zinger Crate and moved to the left side of the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure later that same evening for an introduction to cub #22-0462. On the morning of June 2, wildlife rehabilitator Kelsey opened the door of the crate. 

Your donation will help provide care to this orphaned Black Bear cub -- and more than 3,800 other patients that the Center will admit in 2022. Thank you! 


March 15, 2023

In February, Dr. Karra, the Center's Director of Veterinary Services, was contacted by staff from the Department of Wildlife Resources to start planning the release of the Black Bear cubs of 2022. Given how mild the weather has been, the release has been scheduled for the first week of April. The current plan is to release one group of bears on Tuesday, April 4 and another group on Wednesday, April 5. 

To facilitate this, staff from DWR will bring large culvert traps to the Center that will be placed inside the bear yards. The bears will have about a week to get used to the traps before the day of the planned capture.

During the past month, the rehabilitation team has started to increase the bears' diet in preparation for spring and their upcoming release. 

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