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May 10, 2021

After spending just over two months at the Wildlife Center, Black Bear Yearling #21-0153 was released in Rockbridge County on May 4. During the pre-release examination, Dr. Karra noted that the bear's coat was much fuller and healthier than when he was admitted, and skin scrapes done on the same day confirmed that he was free of sarcoptic mange mites. 

 

May 6, 2021

On Friday, May 7, the Wildlife Center released the last of the 2020 Black Bears! Orange/Yellow Tags, Yellow/Pink Tags, and Red Tag were darted, anesthetized, examined, weighed, ear-tagged, and loaded for release. Final weights were: 

Orange/Yellow: 44.50 kg 
Yellow/Pink: 31 kg 
Red: 34.90 kg 

May 6, 2021

Eastern Screech-Owl #21-0509 has remained in the Center's indoor Hold area during the past 11 days, where veterinary staff have been keeping a close watch on the bird's overall condition. On May 5, an secondary set of radiographs were taken, identifying a skull fracture that the veterinarians suspected may have been present on admission. While the precise circumstance of this injury is not known, it's possible that lead toxicity left this fledgling owl more susceptible to physical trauma. 

May 4, 2021

The three owlets, accompanied by Papa G’Ho, have now been moved to A2, one of the Center’s largest bird pens. This will allow them to continue to spread their wings, as well as have more space to spread out in general. As time passes, these owls will spend less time in close proximity to one another, a natural sign of behavioral maturation. In the wild, adult Great Horned Owls are solitary, and eventually, these young owls will be moved to their own pens before their release in the fall. 

May 4, 2021

During this past weekend, the rehabilitation team was able to successfully trap and move two Black Bears from the Complex into the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure, to prepare the bears for release. Orange/Yellow Tags and Red Tag were successfully moved; Yellow/Pink Tags remained elusive and appeared not to show an overwhelming interest in the baited live trap. The team said the bear was seen several times just lounging in the bear yard, sunning herself on a pile of rocks. Finally, on Tuesday, May 4, she was trapped and moved. 

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