Black Bears of 2017 update

The DTM test for Black Bear cub #17-0745 [Pink Tag] did show positive results for ringworm, which is a common fungal infection of the skin. Wild animals can be exposed to the fungus without developing symptoms, but some animals will develop itching and hair loss. 

The veterinary team met to discuss options for treatments; because the fungus is in the bear complex environment, the staff won't entirely be able to eradicate the fungus. However, the veterinary team will treat this issue in two ways this week: first, by spraying a topical medication; second, by applying a medication to the den areas (where the bears congregate) via medicated paintballs.

Not all of the bears are exhibiting symptoms of the ringworm fungus, but the staff will attempt to treat all of the bears to prevent further problems.