October 16, 2017

Great Horned Owl #17-0363 has been cleared for release by the veterinary team; the owlet will be released at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange County on Tuesday, October 17 at 6:15 p.m. The release is open to the public; those attending are asked to RSVP to Those planning on attending the release should enter through the main gate on Route 20 [Constitution Highway] and follow signs to the Visitor Center.

October 15, 2017

On September 30, a juvenile female bobcat was hit by a vehicle while crossing Route 33 in Rockingham County, Virginia. The bobcat was captured and transported to the Wildlife Center, where Dr. Monica, one of the Center’s veterinary interns, examined the bobcat.

October 13, 2017

During the past month, the rehabilitation staff ceased daily bottle feeding for the deer fawns and transitioned them to a diet of only browse and fruit. By early October, the fawns were well adjusted to their diet and were old enough to be released back to the wild.

With a small herd of five deer, the round-up of fawns went quickly and smoothly on the morning of October 7. A small team of people corralled the deer, and each fawn was grabbed so its ear tags could be removed and it could be carried to the horse trailer that would transport them to the release location.

October 12, 2017

Great Horned Owlets #17-1135 and 17-0885 both had their pre-release blood work done earlier this week; both received clearance for release from the veterinary team!

On Wednesday, October 11, the owls were picked up by a volunteer transporter and were taken back to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Prior to their departure, wildlife rehabilitator Brie banded the two owlets, and also sharpened their talons and beaks to help them be effective hunters. After five months of rehabilitation, the staff is happy to send these birds back to the wild!

October 12, 2017

A necropsy on Black Bear cub #17-1180, conducted by an outside laboratory, confirmed that the cub had cerebellar hypoplasia, a neurological condition in which the part of the brain that coordinates muscular activity is smaller than usual or not completely developed. This explains the consistent neurologic symptoms the Wildlife Center staff noted. This issue can be congenital or viral; in this bear’s case, results did not indicate which caused the condition.