Current Patients

Black Bear cub #18-2926

On October 14, a female Black Bear cub was found on the side of the road in Botetourt County, likely after being hit by a car. The cub was brought to a nearby wildlife rehabilitation center for stabilization before she could be transferred to the Wildlife Center the next morning.

 

Latest Update: October 19, 2018

Dr. Karra and veterinary technician intern Jess took Black Bear cub #18-2926 to Virginia Veterinary Surgical Associates on the morning of October 19 for surgery. Dr. Padron was able to successfully stabilize the bear’s fractured elbow; he was pleased with the outcome and the bear recovered well from anesthesia.

The bear will be placed in the small connecting chute between the two halves of the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure; this will give the bear limited space so that her elbow can heal in the coming weeks.

Canada Goose #18-2813

On September 25, the Wildlife Center admitted a Canada Goose from Powhatan County. Richmond Animal Care & Control picked up the goose after it was attacked by a dog.

Dr. Peach, the Center’s veterinary fellow, examined the goose when it arrived. The bird was thin and dehydrated but didn’t have any obvious wounds or fractures. Blood work revealed a slight anemia, but was otherwise within normal limits.

Latest Update: October 18, 2018

Canada Goose #18-2813 has been eating well during the past week in the Center’s aviary, along with Goose #18-2730. The young goose has no signs of injuries or trauma from its initial run-in with a dog. The veterinary team attempted to flight-test the goose last week without much success – while it appears as though the goose should be able to fly, it seems as though it doesn’t particularly want to. The rehabilitation team has noted that this goose is friendlier than they’d like.

Canada Goose #18-2730

On September 13, a roofing crew spotted an adult Canada Goose on the roof of Petco in Staunton. The goose was quiet and not moving much; it appeared as though the goose had been on the roof for a significant period of time and could not get down. Staunton Animal Control Officers responded to the scene and called the Staunton Fire Department; rescuers were able to use a bucket truck to retrieve the distressed goose.

Latest Update: October 18, 2018

Canada Goose #18-2730 has been doing well during the past week. The veterinary team discontinued daily monitoring of the goose’s heart rate after the improved blood work results; the team now gives the goose an overall health check once a week. The bird is eating well and swimming in the Center’s aviary.

On September 13, a roofing crew spotted an adult Canada Goose on the roof of Petco in Staunton. The goose was quiet and not moving much; it appeared as though the goose had been on the roof for a significant period of time and could not get down. Staunton Animal Control Officers responded to the scene and called the Staunton Fire Department; rescuers were able to use a bucket truck to retrieve the distressed goose.

Latest Update: October 4, 2018

On October 1, Canada Goose #18-2730 had blood drawn to recheck its cholesterol levels. Results came back within normal limits; it appears as though the medications have worked and improved the goose’s overall health. The staff will soon flight-test the goose (along with roommate #18-2813) to see if they can be released this month.

On September 13, a roofing crew spotted an adult Canada Goose on the roof of Petco in Staunton. The goose was quiet and not moving much; it appeared as though the goose had been on the roof for a significant period of time and could not get down. Staunton Animal Control Officers responded to the scene and called the Staunton Fire Department; rescuers were able to use a bucket truck to retrieve the distressed goose.

Latest Update: September 26, 2018

Canada Goose #18-2730 has been doing well during the past week; the bird has been bright and alert and eating very well. The goose can sometimes be seen on Critter Cam 2 and often is bathing and swimming. The veterinary team continues to monitor the goose’s heart rate and have noted that it has been improving, though is still low.

The goose will continue to receive a vasodilator and statin medication through the start of October; the bird’s blood work will be re-checked in mid-0ctober to see if the cholesterol level has improved.

 

On September 13, a roofing crew spotted an adult Canada Goose on the roof of Petco in Staunton. The goose was quiet and not moving much; it appeared as though the goose had been on the roof for a significant period of time and could not get down. Staunton Animal Control Officers responded to the scene and called the Staunton Fire Department; rescuers were able to use a bucket truck to retrieve the distressed goose.

Latest Update: September 21, 2018

Canada Goose #18-2730 has been making small improvements during the past week, though additional diagnostics have revealed some significant health issues for the goose. Results from the goose’s biochemistry [blood work] came back, revealing that the bird had high cholesterol. The high cholesterol, combined with the goose’s low heart rate and enlarged heart, make it likely that the goose has atherosclerosis – plaque in its arteries.

Black Bear cub #18-2921

On October 14, a Black Bear cub was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Shenandoah County. The bear had been seen hanging out in the same general area for about a week; a citizen noted on October 14 that the bear had blood coming from its mouth and was not moving much. A conservation police officer responded to the scene and was able to capture the injured cub and transport it to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: October 17, 2018

On October 16, Dr. Ernesto performed surgery on Black Bear cub #18-2921’s fractured jaw. The surgery took longer than expected, and Dr. Ernesto had to adjust his plan several times to be able to successfully stabilize the jaw. In the end, Dr. Ernesto opted for an external fixator on the bear’s mandible, which should hold the bone fragments in place as the jaw starts to heal.

Bald Eagle #18-2865

On October 2, the Wildlife Center admitted adult Bald Eagle #18-2865 from Accomack County. The eagle was observed swimming to shore at a campground; upon reaching the shore, the eagle was rescued and taken to a nearby wildlife rehabilitator for assessment and stabilization. The eagle was transferred to the Center the following day.
 

Latest Update: October 15, 2018

On October 12, Dr. Peach cleaned and sutured Bald Eagle #18-2865’s leg wound; the wound was scabbing in a way that would prevent proper and quick healing. Later that day, the eagle was moved to one of the small outdoor enclosures [C-pens].

The eagle has had a poor appetite and is still “knuckling” on the left foot; the bird isn’t placing weight properly through the left foot. It’s possible the eagle is feeling pain and discomfort in that left limb, despite no signs of injury; pain could cause the eagle to improperly bear weight and might be inhibiting the bird’s appetite.

Great Horned Owlet #18-0210

On March 27, a homeowner in Augusta County found a young Great Horned Owl in the front yard. The rescuer was unsure if the owl was injured or orphaned, so picked it up and brought it to the Wildlife Center for an examination.

The veterinary team found a few flat flies on the young owl, but otherwise, the bird was healthy. The front-desk staff called the homeowners to see if they could locate the owlet’s nest on their property, but they did not see a nest. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie visited the property to look as well, but there was no sign of any Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: October 15, 2018

On the evening of Friday, October 12, Great Horned Owl #18-0210 was successfully released in front of a crowd of nearly 100 people at Grand Caverns in Grottoes. The bird flew off and landed high in a tree branch nearby. After taking in its surroundings for several minutes, the bird flew to another nearby tree and out of sight.

On March 27, a homeowner in Augusta County found a young Great Horned Owl in the front yard. The rescuer was unsure if the owl was injured or orphaned, so picked it up and brought it to the Wildlife Center for an examination.

The veterinary team found a few flat flies on the young owl, but otherwise, the bird was healthy. The front-desk staff called the homeowners to see if they could locate the owlet’s nest on their property, but they did not see a nest. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie visited the property to look as well, but there was no sign of any Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: October 8, 2018

Great Horned Owlet #18-0210 passed live-prey testing this past weekend. The young bird is flying well and silently, and the rehab staff declared the bird ready for release. Pre-release blood work was drawn on October 7; results were within normal limits. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie will band the owl prior to release.

On March 27, a homeowner in Augusta County found a young Great Horned Owl in the front yard. The rescuer was unsure if the owl was injured or orphaned, so picked it up and brought it to the Wildlife Center for an examination.

The veterinary team found a few flat flies on the young owl, but otherwise, the bird was healthy. The front-desk staff called the homeowners to see if they could locate the owlet’s nest on their property, but they did not see a nest. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie visited the property to look as well, but there was no sign of any Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: October 2, 2018

The four Great Horned owlets of 2018 are all doing well – each owlet is in its own flight pen for daily exercise. All four owls are flying silently and have good stamina.

The owls have been going through practice mouse school for several weeks now – the rehab staff intermittently have been providing live mice for practice sessions. Each young owl will need to pass mouse school several days in a row to be ready for release. The rehab staff hope to start this important live-prey testing later this week.

On March 27, a homeowner in Augusta County found a young Great Horned Owl in the front yard. The rescuer was unsure if the owl was injured or orphaned, so picked it up and brought it to the Wildlife Center for an examination.

The veterinary team found a few flat flies on the young owl, but otherwise, the bird was healthy. The front-desk staff called the homeowners to see if they could locate the owlet’s nest on their property, but they did not see a nest. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie visited the property to look as well, but there was no sign of any Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: September 18, 2018

The four Great Horned Owlets have been doing well in A2 this summer. While the owls haven’t been in a “formal” exercise regimen, they have been active and flying in their large space. Now that fall is approaching, the owlets will be split up for additional exercise and live prey testing, to ensure that each young bird can successfully catch and kill its own food.

On March 27, a homeowner in Augusta County found a young Great Horned Owl in the front yard. The rescuer was unsure if the owl was injured or orphaned, so picked it up and brought it to the Wildlife Center for an examination.

The veterinary team found a few flat flies on the young owl, but otherwise, the bird was healthy. The front-desk staff called the homeowners to see if they could locate the owlet’s nest on their property, but they did not see a nest. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie visited the property to look as well, but there was no sign of any Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: July 16, 2018

The four owlets are doing well with Papa G’Ho in flight pen A2. The birds can often be seen interacting with each other on Critter Cam; they often preen each other in between their naps. The birds haven’t started a formal exercise program yet since they won’t be released until the fall, but the rehab staff has started offering “practice mouse school” on Sundays. Several live mice are left in a large tub in the flight pen in addition to the owlet’s regular meal of dead mice and rats.

On March 27, a homeowner in Augusta County found a young Great Horned Owl in the front yard. The rescuer was unsure if the owl was injured or orphaned, so picked it up and brought it to the Wildlife Center for an examination.

The veterinary team found a few flat flies on the young owl, but otherwise, the bird was healthy. The front-desk staff called the homeowners to see if they could locate the owlet’s nest on their property, but they did not see a nest. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie visited the property to look as well, but there was no sign of any Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: May 17, 2018

The Great Horned Owlets have been doing well during the past few weeks; they have all gained weight and are growing in all of their adult flight feathers. The owls are becoming increasingly active, and on May 17 or 18 they will be moved to flight pen A2. This larger space will allow the four owlets to have more room as they start to fly more. Later this summer, the rehab staff will start exercising the owlets daily. The owlets won't be old enough for release until the fall. 

On March 27, a homeowner in Augusta County found a young Great Horned Owl in the front yard. The rescuer was unsure if the owl was injured or orphaned, so picked it up and brought it to the Wildlife Center for an examination.

The veterinary team found a few flat flies on the young owl, but otherwise, the bird was healthy. The front-desk staff called the homeowners to see if they could locate the owlet’s nest on their property, but they did not see a nest. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie visited the property to look as well, but there was no sign of any Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: April 24, 2018

The Great Horned Owl family is doing well in Flight Pen 4; on Saturday, the oldest Great Horned Owlet [#18-0299] was let out of its crate. On Monday, April 23, the other two owlets came out of their crate. All three are exploring, making short flights, and are eating well. The owlets are wearing temporary colored leg bands to identify them while they are housed together; the bands will be removed this fall and replaced with permanent metal U.S. Fish & Wildlife bands prior to their release.

On March 27, a homeowner in Augusta County found a young Great Horned Owl in the front yard. The rescuer was unsure if the owl was injured or orphaned, so picked it up and brought it to the Wildlife Center for an examination.

The veterinary team found a few flat flies on the young owl, but otherwise, the bird was healthy. The front-desk staff called the homeowners to see if they could locate the owlet’s nest on their property, but they did not see a nest. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie visited the property to look as well, but there was no sign of any Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: April 16, 2018

Great Horned Owlets #18-0210 and 18-0299 are both doing well; they are now eating whole food [dead mice] twice a day and have both gained weight.  The rehab team reports that Papa G’Ho is getting more defensive of the babies, and has flown at the staff when the owlets were handled for weighing.

Waynesboro is still experiencing some cold springtime temperatures; the two owlets will come inside during the next couple of nights when temperatures are forecasted to reach the lower 30’s. The owlets [still in their crate] will be returned to Papa’s flight pen during the day.

On March 27, a homeowner in Augusta County found a young Great Horned Owl in the front yard. The rescuer was unsure if the owl was injured or orphaned, so picked it up and brought it to the Wildlife Center for an examination.

The veterinary team found a few flat flies on the young owl, but otherwise, the bird was healthy. The front-desk staff called the homeowners to see if they could locate the owlet’s nest on their property, but they did not see a nest. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie visited the property to look as well, but there was no sign of any Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: April 9, 2018

Great Horned Owlet #18-0210 has been eating well during the past few days; the owlet has gained more than 250 grams since admission and currently weighs 930 grams!  At the end of last week, the rehabilitation team moved Papa G’Ho, the Center’s non-releasable Great Horned Owl surrogate dad, into a crate facing the young owlet. This sort of “howdy housing” will allow the owls to see and hear each other in an indoor setting. Once the weather is consistently warmer, Papa and the baby will be moved to a small outdoor enclosure.

Great Horned Owl #18-2502

On August 20, Great Horned Owl #18-2502 was admitted from Bath County, Virginia; the circumstances around the owl’s rescue were not clear, but the bird presented weak and malodorous with damp and tattered feathers. The owl was also dull and in poor body condition; it had likely been suffering from an illness or injury that hindered its ability to hunt and capture food.

Latest Update: October 12, 2018

Great Horned Owl #18-2502 has been doing well during daily exercise in the outdoor flight pen, flying end to end in the enclosure for more than 10 passes. The owl is relatively quiet while flying, but not completely silent; flying silently is a prerequisite for release in our owl patients. The rehabilitation team believes that exercising the owl in a larger enclosure will demonstrate the bird’s ability to fly silently; in the next few days, they will move the owl to one of the largest flight pens for continued exercise and assessment.

On August 20, Great Horned Owl #18-2502 was admitted from Bath County, Virginia; the circumstances around the owl’s rescue were not clear, but the bird presented weak and malodorous with damp and tattered feathers. The owl was also dull and in poor body condition; it had likely been suffering from an illness or injury that hindered its ability to hunt and capture food.

Latest Update: September 25, 2018

During the past month, Great Horned Owl #18-2502 has done well in the small outdoor pen. The owl has had a strong appetite and was moving around the space normally.

On September 20, the rehabilitation team moved the owl to a larger flight pen to begin daily flight conditioning. Once the owl is consistently flying well, the staff will put the owl through “mouse school” to test its ability to hunt prey.

Repeat blood work performed on September 24 was unremarkable.

Great Horned Owlet #18-0299

In early March, a Great Horned Owlet was blown out of its nest in Fauquier County, Virginia. Homeowners found the baby, along with its deceased sibling, and took the young bird to a wildlife rehabilitator. The bird was placed with a non-releasable surrogate Great Horned Owl about a week later and was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 10.

Latest Update: October 11, 2018

Great Horned Owlet #18-0299 passed live-prey testing this past weekend. The young bird is flying well and silently, and the rehab staff declared the bird ready for release.

Pre-release blood work was drawn on the morning of October 9; results were within normal limits. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie banded the owl the following day. The young owl was picked up on October 11 to return to Fauquier County for release, where it was initially rescued in March. 

In early March, a Great Horned Owlet was blown out of its nest in Fauquier County, Virginia. Homeowners found the baby, along with its deceased sibling, and took the young bird to a wildlife rehabilitator. The bird was placed with a non-releasable surrogate Great Horned Owl about a week later and was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 10.

Latest Update: October 2, 2018

The four Great Horned owlets of 2018 are all doing well – each owlet is in its own flight pen for daily exercise. All four owls are flying silently and have good stamina.

The owls have been going through practice mouse school for several weeks now – the rehab staff intermittently have been providing live mice for practice sessions. Each young owl will need to pass mouse school several days in a row to be ready for release. The rehab staff hope to start this important live-prey testing later this week.

In early March, a Great Horned Owlet was blown out of its nest in Fauquier County, Virginia. Homeowners found the baby, along with its deceased sibling, and took the young bird to a wildlife rehabilitator. The bird was placed with a non-releasable surrogate Great Horned Owl about a week later and was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 10.

Latest Update: September 18, 2018

The four Great Horned Owlets have been doing well in A2 this summer. While the owls haven’t been in a “formal” exercise regimen, they have been active and flying in their large space. Now that fall is approaching, the owlets will be split up for additional exercise and live prey testing, to ensure that each young bird can successfully catch and kill its own food.

In early March, a Great Horned Owlet was blown out of its nest in Fauquier County, Virginia. Homeowners found the baby, along with its deceased sibling, and took the young bird to a wildlife rehabilitator. The bird was placed with a non-releasable surrogate Great Horned Owl about a week later and was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 10.

Latest Update: July 16, 2018

The four owlets are doing well with Papa G’Ho in flight pen A2. The birds can often be seen interacting with each other on Critter Cam; they often preen each other in between their naps. The birds haven’t started a formal exercise program yet since they won’t be released until the fall, but the rehab staff has started offering “practice mouse school” on Sundays. Several live mice are left in a large tub in the flight pen in addition to the owlet’s regular meal of dead mice and rats.

In early March, a Great Horned Owlet was blown out of its nest in Fauquier County, Virginia. Homeowners found the baby, along with its deceased sibling, and took the young bird to a wildlife rehabilitator. The bird was placed with a non-releasable surrogate Great Horned Owl about a week later and was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 10.

Latest Update: May 17, 2018

The Great Horned Owlets have been doing well during the past few weeks; they have all gained weight and are growing in all of their adult flight feathers. The owls are becoming increasingly active, and on May 17 or 18 they will be moved to flight pen A2. This larger space will allow the four owlets to have more room as they start to fly more. Later this summer, the rehab staff will start exercising the owlets daily. The owlets won't be old enough for release until the fall. 

In early March, a Great Horned Owlet was blown out of its nest in Fauquier County, Virginia. Homeowners found the baby, along with its deceased sibling, and took the young bird to a wildlife rehabilitator. The bird was placed with a non-releasable surrogate Great Horned Owl about a week later and was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 10.

Latest Update: April 24, 2018

The Great Horned Owl family is doing well in Flight Pen 4; on Saturday, the oldest Great Horned Owlet [#18-0299] was let out of its crate. On Monday, April 23, the other two owlets came out of their crate. All three are exploring, making short flights, and are eating well. The owlets are wearing temporary colored leg bands to identify them while they are housed together; the bands will be removed this fall and replaced with permanent metal U.S. Fish & Wildlife bands prior to their release.

In early March, a Great Horned Owlet was blown out of its nest in Fauquier County, Virginia. Homeowners found the baby, along with its deceased sibling, and took the young bird to a wildlife rehabilitator. The bird was placed with a non-releasable surrogate Great Horned Owl about a week later and was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 10.

Latest Update: April 16, 2018

Great Horned Owlets #18-0210 and 18-0299 are both doing well; they are now eating whole food [dead mice] twice a day and have both gained weight.  The rehab team reports that Papa G’Ho is getting more defensive of the babies, and has flown at the staff when the owlets were handled for weighing.

Waynesboro is still experiencing some cold springtime temperatures; the two owlets will come inside during the next couple of nights when temperatures are forecasted to reach the lower 30’s. The owlets [still in their crate] will be returned to Papa’s flight pen during the day.

Great Horned Owlet #18-0408

On April 19, Great Horned Owlet #18-0408 was admitted to the Wildlife Center from a group of permitted wildlife rehabilitators in the Richmond area. The young bird had been found on the ground in Chesterfield County on April 14; the owlet’s nest could not be found and it was not possible to reunite the young owlet was its parents.

Latest Update: October 8, 2018

Great Horned Owlet #18-0408 passed live-prey testing this past weekend. The young bird is flying well and silently, and the rehab staff declared the bird ready for release.

Pre-release blood work was drawn on the morning of October 8; results were within normal limits. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie banded the owl that same afternoon, and the owlet was picked up by a volunteer transporter to take it back to Chesterfield County, where it was initially rescued in April. 

On April 19, Great Horned Owlet #18-0408 was admitted to the Wildlife Center from a group of permitted wildlife rehabilitators in the Richmond area. The young bird had been found on the ground in Chesterfield County on April 14; the owlet’s nest could not be found and it was not possible to reunite the young owlet was its parents.

Latest Update: October 2, 2018

The four Great Horned owlets of 2018 are all doing well – each owlet is in its own flight pen for daily exercise. All four owls are flying silently and have good stamina.

The owls have been going through practice mouse school for several weeks now – the rehab staff intermittently have been providing live mice for practice sessions. Each young owl will need to pass mouse school several days in a row to be ready for release. The rehab staff hope to start this important live-prey testing later this week.

On April 19, Great Horned Owlet #18-0408 was admitted to the Wildlife Center from a group of permitted wildlife rehabilitators in the Richmond area. The young bird had been found on the ground in Chesterfield County on April 14; the owlet’s nest could not be found and it was not possible to reunite the young owlet was its parents.

Latest Update: September 18, 2018

The four Great Horned Owlets have been doing well in A2 this summer. While the owls haven’t been in a “formal” exercise regimen, they have been active and flying in their large space. Now that fall is approaching, the owlets will be split up for additional exercise and live prey testing, to ensure that each young bird can successfully catch and kill its own food.

On April 19, Great Horned Owlet #18-0408 was admitted to the Wildlife Center from a group of permitted wildlife rehabilitators in the Richmond area. The young bird had been found on the ground in Chesterfield County on April 14; the owlet’s nest could not be found and it was not possible to reunite the young owlet was its parents.

Latest Update: July 16, 2018

The four owlets are doing well with Papa G’Ho in flight pen A2. The birds can often be seen interacting with each other on Critter Cam; they often preen each other in between their naps. The birds haven’t started a formal exercise program yet since they won’t be released until the fall, but the rehab staff has started offering “practice mouse school” on Sundays. Several live mice are left in a large tub in the flight pen in addition to the owlet’s regular meal of dead mice and rats.

On April 19, Great Horned Owlet #18-0408 was admitted to the Wildlife Center from a group of permitted wildlife rehabilitators in the Richmond area. The young bird had been found on the ground in Chesterfield County on April 14; the owlet’s nest could not be found and it was not possible to reunite the young owlet was its parents.

Latest Update: May 17, 2018

The Great Horned Owlets have been doing well during the past few weeks; they have all gained weight and are growing in all of their adult flight feathers. The owls are becoming increasingly active, and on May 17 or 18 they will be moved to flight pen A2. This larger space will allow the four owlets to have more room as they start to fly more. Later this summer, the rehab staff will start exercising the owlets daily. The owlets won't be old enough for release until the fall. 

On April 19, Great Horned Owlet #18-0408 was admitted to the Wildlife Center from a group of permitted wildlife rehabilitators in the Richmond area. The young bird had been found on the ground in Chesterfield County on April 14; the owlet’s nest could not be found and it was not possible to reunite the young owlet was its parents.

Latest Update: April 24, 2018

The Great Horned Owl family is doing well in Flight Pen 4; on Saturday, the oldest Great Horned Owlet [#18-0299] was let out of its crate. On Monday, April 23, the other two owlets came out of their crate. All three are exploring, making short flights, and are eating well. The owlets are wearing temporary colored leg bands to identify them while they are housed together; the bands will be removed this fall and replaced with permanent metal U.S. Fish & Wildlife bands prior to their release.

Great Horned Owlet #18-0553

On April 23, a young Great Horned Owl was found down on the ground in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. The bird was taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator, who transferred the young owl to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 28.

Latest Update: October 8, 2018

Great Horned Owlet #18-0553 passed live-prey testing this past weekend. The young bird is flying well and silently, and the rehab staff declared the bird ready for release. Pre-release blood work was drawn on October 7; results were within normal limits.

Wildlife rehabilitator Brie banded the owl on Monday, October 8. 

On April 23, a young Great Horned Owl was found down on the ground in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. The bird was taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator, who transferred the young owl to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 28.

Latest Update: October 2, 2018

The four Great Horned owlets of 2018 are all doing well – each owlet is in its own flight pen for daily exercise. All four owls are flying silently and have good stamina.

The owls have been going through practice mouse school for several weeks now – the rehab staff intermittently have been providing live mice for practice sessions. Each young owl will need to pass mouse school several days in a row to be ready for release. The rehab staff hope to start this important live-prey testing later this week.

On April 23, a young Great Horned Owl was found down on the ground in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. The bird was taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator, who transferred the young owl to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 28.

Latest Update: September 18, 2018

The four Great Horned Owlets have been doing well in A2 this summer. While the owls haven’t been in a “formal” exercise regimen, they have been active and flying in their large space. Now that fall is approaching, the owlets will be split up for additional exercise and live prey testing, to ensure that each young bird can successfully catch and kill its own food.

On April 23, a young Great Horned Owl was found down on the ground in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. The bird was taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator, who transferred the young owl to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 28.

Latest Update: July 16, 2018

The four owlets are doing well with Papa G’Ho in flight pen A2. The birds can often be seen interacting with each other on Critter Cam; they often preen each other in between their naps. The birds haven’t started a formal exercise program yet since they won’t be released until the fall, but the rehab staff has started offering “practice mouse school” on Sundays. Several live mice are left in a large tub in the flight pen in addition to the owlet’s regular meal of dead mice and rats.

On April 23, a young Great Horned Owl was found down on the ground in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. The bird was taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator, who transferred the young owl to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 28.

Latest Update: May 17, 2018

The Great Horned Owlets have been doing well during the past few weeks; they have all gained weight and are growing in all of their adult flight feathers. The owls are becoming increasingly active, and on May 17 or 18 they will be moved to flight pen A2. This larger space will allow the four owlets to have more room as they start to fly more. Later this summer, the rehab staff will start exercising the owlets daily. The owlets won't be old enough for release until the fall. 

Bald Eagle #18-2440

On August 14, a private citizen in Westmoreland County noticed a Bald Eagle grounded on a rocky area of the Potomac River with what appeared to be an injured wing, possibly the result of a fight with another eagle. The eagle was captured that day, and was transported to Wild Bunch Wildlife Rehabilitation. Wildlife rehabilitator Diana O’Connor transferred the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following afternoon.

Latest Update: October 1, 2018

Bald Eagle #18-2440 was successfully released on Friday, September 28 at Stratford Hall in front of a crowd of about 100 people. The eagle flew off and landed in a tree; after getting his bearings for a few minutes, he took off and circled a few times before flying out of sight.

Photos by Linda Vetter: 

On August 14, a private citizen in Westmoreland County noticed a Bald Eagle grounded on a rocky area of the Potomac River with what appeared to be an injured wing, possibly the result of a fight with another eagle. The eagle was captured that day, and was transported to Wild Bunch Wildlife Rehabilitation. Wildlife rehabilitator Diana O’Connor transferred the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following afternoon.

Latest Update: September 25, 2018

During the past week, Bald Eagle #18-2440 has been flying very well during daily exercise sessions. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie assessed the bird's flight and determined that the eagle is ready for release.

Ed Clark, the President of the Wildlife Center, will release the eagle on Friday, September 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Stratford Hall in Westmoreland County. The release is free and open to the public.  Individuals who wish to attend are asked to RSVP to the Center at rsvp@wildlifecenter.org.  

On August 14, a private citizen in Westmoreland County noticed a Bald Eagle grounded on a rocky area of the Potomac River with what appeared to be an injured wing, possibly the result of a fight with another eagle. The eagle was captured that day, and was transported to Wild Bunch Wildlife Rehabilitation. Wildlife rehabilitator Diana O’Connor transferred the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following afternoon.

Latest Update: September 18, 2018

Bald Eagle #18-2440 has been flying very well during the past two weeks, and is able to complete an average of 12 or more passes perch-to-perch during daily exercise sessions. The rehabilitation team reports that the bird has great height and form while flying, and bumped the eagle up to a goal of 15+ passes during each exercise session this week. Dr. Karra examined the bird’s sutures during a routine feet and feather check on September 17; the sutures were found to be clean and intact.  

On August 14, a private citizen in Westmoreland County noticed a Bald Eagle grounded on a rocky area of the Potomac River with what appeared to be an injured wing, possibly the result of a fight with another eagle. The eagle was captured that day, and was transported to Wild Bunch Wildlife Rehabilitation. Wildlife rehabilitator Diana O’Connor transferred the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following afternoon.

Latest Update: September 6, 2018

During the past week, Bald Eagle #18-2440 has been doing well and seems to be making a steady recovery. On September 6, the eagle was brought indoors and anesthetized to be the subject of a special project with researchers from Purdue University. Following the testing, veterinary staff closely examined the sutures used to close the eagle’s puncture wound on August 15.

Black Bear #18-2293

On August 1, an adult female Black Bear was trapped in Rappahannock County; the bear had severe signs of mange, including significant hair loss.  The bear was transported to the Center and sedated for an examination with Drs. Peach and Karra.

Latest Update: September 21, 2018

On September 20, Dr. Peach darted and anesthetized Black Bear #18-2293 for a physical exam, blood work, and skin scraping. Overall, the bear showed signs of improvement; blood work had improved, and the bear’s fur has started to grow back. The bear still has crusty skin along her ears and some parts of her body, though many of the thickened scabs are flaking off. Skin scrapes were negative with no signs of mites, and the bear weighed 54.3 kg.  

On August 1, an adult female Black Bear was trapped in Rappahannock County; the bear had severe signs of mange, including significant hair loss.  The bear was transported to the Center and sedated for an examination with Drs. Peach and Karra.

Latest Update: September 18, 2018

Black Bear #18-2293 has been improving since her treatment with antibiotics; the rehab staff report that the bear is eating well and has appeared brighter in recent weeks.

On Thursday, September 20, the bear will be darted and sedated for an additional physical exam, skin scraping, and follow-up blood work. As long as her skin scrape is negative and she is continuing to improve, she’ll be moved to yard #3 in the Center’s Black Bear Complex.

On August 1, an adult female Black Bear was trapped in Rappahannock County; the bear had severe signs of mange, including significant hair loss.  The bear was transported to the Center and sedated for an examination with Drs. Peach and Karra.

Latest Update: September 4, 2018

On September 3, Black Bear #18-2293 was sedated and anesthetized for a follow-up examination. Dr. Peach performed a physical exam and found that the bear was still thin and had not gained additional weight since her last examination. The bear’s skin and coat were both improved though, with some of the crusting on the bear’s flanks and ears starting to fall off. Skin scrapings revealed only three dead mange mites, indicating that the medication is killing off the parasites.

On August 1, an adult female Black Bear was trapped in Rappahannock County; the bear had severe signs of mange, including significant hair loss.  The bear was transported to the Center and sedated for an examination with Drs. Peach and Karra.

Latest Update: August 17, 2018

On August 17, Dr. Peach darted and anesthetized Black Bear #18-2293 for a follow-up examination. It’s been two weeks since the rehab staff provided the bear with her oral medication for treating mange.  The staff served the bear the meds in a small dish of food initially, but the bear knocked the bowl upside down, and the staff was unsure if the medication and food had been consumed.

On August 1, an adult female Black Bear was trapped in Rappahannock County; the bear had severe signs of mange, including significant hair loss.  The bear was transported to the Center and sedated for an examination with Drs. Peach and Karra.

Latest Update: August 7, 2018

Black Bear #18-2293 has been doing well since her admission; the bear has been quiet, and is often sleeping when the rehabilitation staff checks on her. The bear ate her oral mange medication in a piece of food last week and has generally been eating well.

Black Bear cubs of 2018

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Latest Update: August 28, 2018

Wildlife rehabilitation intern Shannon reports that all of the cubs are doing well in the Bear Complex – they are exploring, climbing, and utilizing all of their one-acre space. Shannon says that the bears are fairly wary of their next-door neighbor, adult bear #18-1952.

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Latest Update: August 23, 2018

The Black Bear cubs of 2018 were successfully moved to the Bear Complex on Thursday, August 23!

Dr. Peach sedated the bears so that she could draw blood for the final week of her mange medication study. All of the bears are in excellent shape, and are quite large! The bears were weighed before the move:

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Latest Update: August 10, 2018

The 11 Black Bear cubs have been doing well in the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation enclosure; the cubs are eating well and growing quickly! The wildlife rehabilitation team will be happy to move the bears to the Bear Complex in two weeks. At this point, the plan is to allow the cubs to roam in yard #1 and yard #2 in the complex, which will give all 11 cubs access to a one-acre area.

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Latest Update: July 26, 2018

The Black Bear cubs are doing well; they are eating, growing, playing, and enjoying their daily enrichment! The wildlife rehabilitation team have been taking short videos of various enrichment items that are introduced to the cubs – including:

Bamboo “wind chimes”:

 

Creative firehose toys, stuffed with goodies:

 

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Latest Update: July 6, 2018

The 11 Black Bear cubs are doing well in the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation enclosure. The bears were fully weaned from their “mush bowls” this week, and are now eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, seeds, insects, and greens. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie said that none of the bears seemed to miss their mush bowls in the past two days, and the cubs are eating a lot more “adult foods” now, which means the Wildlife Center kitchen is going through a good bit of produce!

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Latest Update: June 25, 2018

The Black Bear cubs are doing well at the Center; they are all still receiving one mush bowl each, plus an ever-expanding “adult” diet of fruits, vegetables, seeds, and insects. All cubs have been weaned from their bottle feedings and soon will be weaned from their bear formula mush bowls entirely – wildlife rehabilitator Brie anticipates discontinuing mush for most of the cubs at the start of July, though the smallest cub, #18-1089 [Double Pink] may continue to receive a mush bowl while she’s housed separately.

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Latest Update: June 18, 2018

Last week, the cubs began Dr. Peach’s study on a new drug for treating mange in Black Bears. The cubs received the medication on Thursday and had blood draws on Friday; everything went smoothly. Dr. Peach had the opportunity to check each cub thoroughly during the blood draw process; she said all 10 cubs appeared to be in good condition. Some of the cubs still have some hair loss due to ringworm, but overall, they look good and no additional hair loss has developed.  The next blood draw for the study will take place on Thursday, June 21.

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Latest Update: June 12, 2018

The 10 Black Bear cubs are doing well in the Center’s Large Mammal enclosure; they are sampling a variety of different foods that have been introduced to their diet – apples, pomegranates, other fruits, and greens. Each cub is also receiving a mush bowl daily, and Orange, Green, and Red tagged bears are also still bottle-feeding once a day, though as of June 11, Brie noted that they showed less interest.

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Latest Update: June 4, 2018

The eight black bear cubs in the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure are doing well and gaining weight. On Thursday, May 31, the rehabilitation staff weighed the cubs, most for the last time without sedation; they are now too big and strong to be handled and weighed while awake. The staff will continue to weigh Double Green tag until he reaches 5 kg.

Current weights [5/31] are:

Green Tag: 8.1 kgs
Orange Tag: 8.25 kgs
No Tag: 7.6 kgs
Pink Tag: 7 kgs
Red: 5.9 kgs
Yellow Tag: 8.4 kgs
White Tag: 6.6 kgs
Double Green Tags: 3.4 kgs

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Latest Update: May 23, 2018

The Black Bear cubs are doing well in the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation enclosure; cub #8 will be joining them soon! Last week, the Center admitted another Black Bear cub, but since he only weighed 2.5 kg at admission, he has some weight to put on first before joining the others in the main enclosures. At today’s weigh-in, he was 2.7 kg – so should be able to come out of his Zinger crate in the next week. 

 

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Latest Update: May 10, 2018

The Black Bear cubs are doing well since their move to the Large Mammal enclosure earlier this week. The former Green Tag was unhappy to be separated from her siblings as her ear healed, but fortunately on the evening of May 9, wildlife rehabilitator Brie examined it and thought it was healed enough to be introduced to the others. All seven cubs are housed together in one side of the Large Mammal enclosure; the rehab staff will get the other side ready in the next couple of days so that the cubs have more space to play! Watch them on Critter Cam 3.

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Latest Update: May 9, 2018

During the past week, the rehabilitation staff have been carefully monitoring the lesions on Pink Tag’s face; No Tag and (future) Red Tag also developed some small patches of hair loss. The staff took several hair samples and the Center’s diagnostic team started a DTM  (dermatophyte test medium) to check for the ringworm fungus. On Monday, May 7, results came back positive for ringworm growth. The technicians were able to “type” the ringworm and concluded that the bears have a highly contagious form of the fungus.

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Latest Update: May 4, 2018

The seven bear cubs are doing well at the Center; the wildlife rehabilitation team looking forward to getting at least half of these rambunctious cubs into the Large Mammal enclosure area as soon as possible! Within the next week, a few door repairs should be complete, and the cubs that weigh more than 3.0 kgs will be able to move.

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Latest Update: April 26, 2018

Wildlife rehabilitator Brie reports that the bear cubs are enjoying their new space in the sheltered outdoor Metal Cage Complex. Most of the other small enclosures used for housing raptors have been cleared out of the space so that the bear cubs have plenty of room to run around during their play sessions. The rehabilitation team even constructed a fun jungle gym for the cubs, though Brie notes that the cubs are also happy trying to climb the walls and door!

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Latest Update: April 23, 2018

The five Black Bear cubs are doing well at the Center; they continue to eat three times a day and are increasingly energetic and playful with one another. Brie reports that cub #18-0383, the newest cub admitted, has been a little more lethargic than the other cubs; he may just be settling in and adjusting to his new siblings, but the cub will have blood drawn later this week for another analysis.

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Latest Update: April 17, 2018

Here's a glimpse into the playtime of four growing Black Bear cubs ... 

 

 

Black Bear cub #18-1089

On May 24, a Black Bear cub was found by the side of the road in Highland County. The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and were able to capture and transport the bear to the Wildlife Center.

Upon admission, Dr. Monica examined the small cub. There was blood coming from one of the bear’s hind legs; Dr. Monica found a significant laceration on the female cub’s back left leg, with exposed and ruptured muscle. Radiographs revealed fractures of the left tibia and femur. Blood work and a skin scraping were within normal limits. The bear weighed 2.18 kg.

Latest Update: July 3, 2018

On July 2, the veterinary team brought Black Bear cub #18-1089 into the hospital for an examination of the injured hind limb and bandage removal. The bear was sedated for the exam; Dr. Ingrid and veterinary technician intern Jenna found that the bear’s toe amputation site was clean and healing well. They decided to leave the bandage off and applied a protective silver spray to the small wound. The bear’s formerly fractured leg feels healed and stable, and the bear was cleared to be in the entire Large Mammal Isolation enclosure with the other 10 cubs.

On May 24, a Black Bear cub was found by the side of the road in Highland County. The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and were able to capture and transport the bear to the Wildlife Center.

Upon admission, Dr. Monica examined the small cub. There was blood coming from one of the bear’s hind legs; Dr. Monica found a significant laceration on the female cub’s back left leg, with exposed and ruptured muscle. Radiographs revealed fractures of the left tibia and femur. Blood work and a skin scraping were within normal limits. The bear weighed 2.18 kg.

Latest Update: June 22, 2018

On Friday, June 22, the veterinary team anesthetized Black Bear cub #18-1089 for follow-up radiographs and a bandage change. The team was pleased to find that the bear’s fractured leg is healing well; the femur has healed well and is very stable, and there is a solid callus formed on the tibia. The veterinarians decided to leave the splint off and re-bandaged the cub’s healing foot.

On May 24, a Black Bear cub was found by the side of the road in Highland County. The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and were able to capture and transport the bear to the Wildlife Center.

Upon admission, Dr. Monica examined the small cub. There was blood coming from one of the bear’s hind legs; Dr. Monica found a significant laceration on the female cub’s back left leg, with exposed and ruptured muscle. Radiographs revealed fractures of the left tibia and femur. Blood work and a skin scraping were within normal limits. The bear weighed 2.18 kg.

Latest Update: June 18, 2018

On June 17, the veterinary team anesthetized Black Bear cub #18-1089 for radiographs and a bandage change. The cub has been contained in a Zinger crate to limit her movement during the healing period, though the rehabilitation staff have reported that the cub has been a difficult patient, since she likes to knock over her water, which gets her bandage wet.

On May 24, a Black Bear cub was found by the side of the road in Highland County. The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and were able to capture and transport the bear to the Wildlife Center.

Upon admission, Dr. Monica examined the small cub. There was blood coming from one of the bear’s hind legs; Dr. Monica found a significant laceration on the female cub’s back left leg, with exposed and ruptured muscle. Radiographs revealed fractures of the left tibia and femur. Blood work and a skin scraping were within normal limits. The bear weighed 2.18 kg.

Latest Update: June 13, 2018

On June 6, Black Bear cub #18-1089 was moved to the vestibule of the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure. Due to the cub’s injuries and bandage, the young bear needs to remain in a Zinger crate until her leg is fully healed, but at least she is able to hear, see, and smell the other 10 cubs at the Center. Each day, the rehabilitation staff checks the bear’s bandage as they clean her crate and offer her a mush bowl twice a day. The bear is eating well and has gained weight.

On May 24, a Black Bear cub was found by the side of the road in Highland County. The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and were able to capture and transport the bear to the Wildlife Center.

Upon admission, Dr. Monica examined the small cub. There was blood coming from one of the bear’s hind legs; Dr. Monica found a significant laceration on the female cub’s back left leg, with exposed and ruptured muscle. Radiographs revealed fractures of the left tibia and femur. Blood work and a skin scraping were within normal limits. The bear weighed 2.18 kg.

Latest Update: June 4, 2018

The staff reports that the bear cub #18-1089 is feisty and eating well. On June 3, Dr. Monica was able to apply a hard cast to the cub’s fractured leg. To keep the hard cast clean, it’s covered with removable vet wrap that will likely need to be changed daily as it becomes dirty. The cast will remain on for three weeks, but the staff will take radiographs every week to check on the healing progress; radiographs can be taken through the cast.

On May 24, a Black Bear cub was found by the side of the road in Highland County. The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and were able to capture and transport the bear to the Wildlife Center.

Upon admission, Dr. Monica examined the small cub. There was blood coming from one of the bear’s hind legs; Dr. Monica found a significant laceration on the female cub’s back left leg, with exposed and ruptured muscle. Radiographs revealed fractures of the left tibia and femur. Blood work and a skin scraping were within normal limits. The bear weighed 2.18 kg.

Latest Update: May 28, 2018

The veterinary team has been closely monitoring Black Bear cub #18-1089’s bandage in the days since her admission. On Sunday, Dr. Monica anesthetized the cub so that she could check and clean the bear’s healing leg laceration; she also attempted fitting the cub with a custom cast. Unfortunately, the casting material didn’t set properly, so Dr. Monica replaced the bandage with a splint again, and another attempt will be made this week when new casting material comes in.

Black Bear cubs #18-1315 and 1316

On June 6, the Wildlife Center admitted two orphaned cubs from Amherst County – Black Bear cubs #18-1315 and #18-1316.

Latest Update: June 12, 2018

Black Bear cubs #18-1315 [Double Yellow] and #18-1316 [Double Orange] are settling in at the Wildlife Center. The rehab team has been offering the bears a juvenile bear meal, which consists of soaked dog chow, fruits, and soft vegetables, as well as a “mush bowl” (a thickened formula made for bears). The cubs are reportedly more interested in their juvenile meal rather than their mush.

Black Bear cub #18-0933

On May 18, the Wildlife Center admitted a young Black Bear cub from Smyth County. The bear was reportedly found by a young man who was hiking earlier this week; the teenager picked up the cub and took it home. After a couple of days, the family called the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries because the bear was “mean”.

Latest Update: May 28, 2018

Last week, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologists received word that Black Bear cub #18-0933 had been kept for a longer period of time than originally reported; the family had the cub for at least a week, not two days. During that period, the cub bit multiple people, which had to be reported to the health department.

Black Bear cubs #18-0349 and #18-0350

On Thursday, April 12, a female bear was hit and killed while crossing the road in Franklin County, Virginia. She had two cubs with her, both of which were rescued by Virginia State Police. The cubs were taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center on the evening of Friday, April 13 and within a couple of hours were picked up and transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia by outreach coordinator Raina.

Latest Update: April 16, 2018

The four Black Bear cubs at the Center are all settling in well – wildlife rehabilitator Brie reports that all of the cubs have gained weight since their Friday admissions. Each set of sibling cubs is housed in a zinger crate, though all four cubs have been introduced to each other and have a supervised group play time at each feeding. 

The rehab team reports that Orange Tag and Green Tag are both bottle-feeding well; No Tag and Pink Tag don’t particularly care for the bottle but are very interested in their mush bowls [thickened formula and baby food].

Black Bear cubs #18-0345 & 18-0346

The 2018 Black Bear cub season started on Friday, April 13 – when the first two cubs of the year were admitted!

Latest Update: April 16, 2018

The four Black Bear cubs at the Center are all settling in well – wildlife rehabilitator Brie reports that all of the cubs have gained weight since their Friday admissions. Each set of sibling cubs is housed in a zinger crate, though all four cubs have been introduced to each other and have a supervised group play time at each feeding. 

The rehab team reports that Orange Tag and Green Tag are both bottle-feeding well; No Tag and Pink Tag don’t particularly care for the bottle but are very interested in their mush bowls [thickened formula and baby food].

Black Bear cubs #18-0497 & #18-0498

On April 25, two DGIF biologists responded to a bear cub call in Amherst County, Virginia. Two small cubs had been seen in a tree for more than 24 hours; the tree was beside a road with a sharp curve, and multiple people had stopped to look at the cubs. There was no sign of their mother in the area; a Conservation Police Officer recommended rescuing the cubs for both human and bear safety. One of the DGIF biologists was able to climb the tree to safely retrieve the two cubs. 

Black Bear cub #18-0383

On April 17, a man was driving home from work when he saw a young Black Bear cub sitting by the side of the road. He watched the cub for about an hour; there was no sign of the sow, but the cub kept approaching a flooded creek. After no signs of the sow, the rescuer picked up the cub and called the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. A biologist picked up the cub, and the young bear was transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia that same day.