Black Bear yearling #17-0745 update

On February 8, the wildlife rehabilitation team was able to trap Pink Tag in transition area #2 in the Black Bear Complex. Dr. Monica darted the yearling bear for a full examination.

Once the bear was safely anesthetized, the team performed a physical examination and several skin scrapings, drew blood, and took hair samples. Dr. Peach noted that the bear had a thinning hair coat on her chest and near her rump, along with some matted hair on her rump. Overall, there wasn’t a significant amount of hair loss. The bear weighed in at 37.3 kg.

 

Pink Tag recovered well in the transition area, and the team decided to leave her contained in that space until all diagnostic work was performed.

Licensed veterinary technician Jaclyn analyzed the skin scraping later that afternoon and found no signs of mites. Blood work was within normal limits. A dermatophyte test medium (DTM) was set up to culture for the ringworm fungus; the team will know early this week if the yearling has ringworm.