Black Bear cub #18-3024 update

On November 15, a severe ice storm hit Waynesboro, causing power outages and multiple downed trees and limbs.  A large tree limb fell on the roof of the bear pens, damaging the roof. The following day, the staff moved Black Bear cub #18-3024 [Orange/Yellow Tag] to a zinger crate in the Center’s isolation room; the staff did not want to introduce the bear to any other bears until the cub had another skin scraping to check for mange mites.

On November 21, the bear was anesthetized and additional skin scrapings were taken. The technician staff found three dead mites; the staff decided to go ahead and put Orange/Yellow Tag with Red/White Tag, the other bear that was treated for mange this fall. Orange/Yellow weighed in at 6.12 kg.

The two bears are currently housed in the Center’s Large Mammal enclosure. The rehabilitation staff report that the two bears have often been observed snuggling together. Once both of the bears are more than 10 kg, they'll be moved to the Center's Bear Complex.