Fourteen members of a Virginia General Assembly workgroup appointed in 2021, including Wildlife Center President and Co-founder Ed Clark, recently released a comprehensive report detailing the impact of free-roaming cats on wildlife and public health.
As one of the world’s leading teaching hospitals for wildlife medicine, the Wildlife Center of Virginia has a core mission to teach the world to care about and care for wildlife and the environment. This news page collects stories of the Center’s expertise in action.
The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is seeking public review and comment on draft black bear population objectives through February 1, 2023. According to DWR, "these draft objectives, developed during the ongoing bear management plan revision, will guide bear population management actions over the 10-year life of the plan."
On January 20, Wildlife Center staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize Violet the Virginia Opossum, due to the progression of her chronic kidney disease. Violet’s exact age is unknown, but staff estimate she was close to three years old.
In late December, a private citizen in Harrisonburg, Virginia saw an adult male Virginia Opossum displaying erratic behavior, along with blood on his face. An animal control officer set a live trap and brought the opossum to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on December 28, 2022. Upon examination, Dr. Olivia, one of the Center’s veterinary interns, found a laceration on the opossum’s ear. Veterinary Technician Rachel drew blood from the injured opossum and ran a lead test, which came back positive, with high levels of lead.
The New Year has officially arrived, and with it, the time-honored tradition of bettering one’s self through New Year’s resolutions. Many of us include working toward better physical health and fitness as a part of our resolutions for the new year – during 2023, consider including the health of wildlife and the environment, too!
On December 28, a resident in Wintergreen Resort, Virginia was startled by commotion inside their grill after turning it on. They immediately turned the grill off and opened it up to look inside. To their surprise, an adult opossum was hiding under the grate! The opossum had been using the grill for shelter and was injured when it started to heat up. After contacting Center staff, the citizen contained the opossum inside the grill and brought the entire grill to the Center, where staff safely removed the opossum.
During that time, I’ve been asked, approximately 6,286 times, “so, what exactly is it that you do at the Wildlife Center?”