Black Bear yearling #20-2698 has been doing well during the past few days; the veterinary team reports that the bear is eating well, and is able to move around the bear pen where he is housed. The team will continue to closely evaluate the bear and his movements to determine if there is any lingering head trauma present.
Bald Eaglets #20-1128 and #20-1129 will be released back to the wild on Thursday, August 6! The two young birds will be returned to their nesting area in Stafford County. The release will not be open to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though hopefully the Center will be able to share photos and/or video.
Bald Eagle #20-0994 was successfully released by Dr. Karra on July 31. The bird was returned to Pittsylvania County, where the eagle was first rescued in May 2020.
Despite shaky cell-phone reception, Dr. Karra was able to live-stream the event in two parts:
On July 29, a male yearling Black Bear was hit by a vehicle in Staunton, Virginia. The Department of Wildlife Resources responded to the scene and was able to sedate the bear and transport him to the Wildlife Center.
Early on the morning of July 30, the veterinary team moved Black Bear #20-1808 to the Black Bear Complex. The bear was sedated first and tagged with yellow and orange ear tags for identification purposes. The cub recovered well in a transition area and then was allowed full access to the two yards.
Black Bear cubs Yellow/Pink and Green/White Tags will remain in the Center's Large Mammal Isolation enclosure a little longer, just so they can put on additional weight before moving to the yard again.