On the night of May 31, a Black Bear sow was hit and killed by a vehicle in Loudoun County. Virginia Department of Wildlife Resource biologists responded to the scene and found a bear cub that had climbed a nearby tree. Biologists Jordan and Carl worked well into the night to extract the orphaned cub from a tree; they were finally successful the following morning at 4:00 am! Carl transported the cub to the Wildlife Center just hours later as staff arrived at work.
During mid-May, the Wildlife Center of Virginia began to admit the first White-tailed Deer fawns of 2022. While some of the most common reasons fawns are admitted to the Center are related to physical injuries, “abduction with intent of rescue” – also known as fawn-napping – can result in otherwise healthy fawns being unnecessarily admitted. White-tailed Deer fawns are extremely sensitive and often do poorly when cared for by humans. A fawn’s best chance of survival is with its mother in the wild.
On Sunday, May 29, an injured male Black Bear cub was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Nelson County after it has been spotted in the road for two days. The Center's veterinary team examined the small cub and found that he had a humeral fracture of his right front leg. Blood work revealed that the bear was also slightly anemic, likely due to blood loss due to the traumatic injury. No other injuries were found.
On April 18, a private citizen found a Great Horned Owl hatchling on the ground in Lancaster, Virginia. The owlet was too young to be out of its nest and was taken to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher for an exam. Dana found what she suspected was a fracture in the bird's right leg, likely from falling out of its nest. After several days of rehabilitative care, Dana transferred the owlet to the Wildlife Center.
On May 24, a yearling Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Montgomery County, Virginia. The bear had been spotted in someone's yard for several days; while yearling bears are old enough to be on their own at this time of year, this bear appeared very thin and in need of assistance. The bear was able to be contained and the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources transported him to the Wildlife Center.
The Wildlife Center has had some extra help in caring for wild turtles thanks to fourth-grade students at Rockfish River Elementary School this year. During the final weeks of the school year, RRES students spent time learning about turtles, their important roles within our ecosystems, and how we can help them thrive in the wild -- but their passion for turtle conservation didn’t end there.