On July 29, a male yearling Black Bear was hit by a vehicle in Staunton, Virginia. The Department of Wildlife Resources responded to the scene and was able to sedate the bear and transport him to the Wildlife Center.
Dr. Karra, the Center's veterinary fellow, anesthetized the bear when he arrived and started a physical examination. She found that the yearling was severely hyperthermic, with an elevated temperature of 106 degrees. Dr. Karra placed an IV catheter and started cooling the bear. The yearling was bleeding from the mouth and nose, and had a difficult time breathing. Radiographs were taken and revealed a mild fracture of one of the bear's facial bones, and damage to the bear's lungs. The veterinary team started the bear on fluids and pain medications, and the bear's temperature was reduced within the next few hours. The bear weighed 36 kg.
The bear was placed in the Center's holding room for the evening. By the end of the night, the bear was still very quiet; it was difficult for Dr. Karra to assess if the bear's attitude was due to head trauma or the sedation.
On the morning of July 30, the bear was still quiet, yet alert and reactive. The veterinary team will discontinue the bear's sedation, and will move the yearling to the Bear Pens for additional observation. The prognosis for this yearling bear is guarded.