June 14, 2018

On June 13, Black Bear yearling #18-0624 was darted and sedated for a final physical exam, blood work, and weight prior to release. The bear gained even more weight during the past week and weighed in at 10.5 kg. With abundant food in the wild at this time of year, this bear should continue to be successful. The yearling was tagged in each ear with black ear tags prior to being loaded in a Zinger crate for release.

June 13, 2018

On June 6, Black Bear cub #18-1089 was moved to the vestibule of the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure. Due to the cub’s injuries and bandage, the young bear needs to remain in a Zinger crate until her leg is fully healed, but at least she is able to hear, see, and smell the other 10 cubs at the Center. Each day, the rehabilitation staff checks the bear’s bandage as they clean her crate and offer her a mush bowl twice a day. The bear is eating well and has gained weight.

June 13, 2018

Black Bear yearling #18-1120 has been a challenging patient for the veterinary team during the past two weeks. Even though the bear is small and underweight, the age of the bear makes it impossible to handle her for treatments while she’s awake. The team is carefully monitoring the bear’s wounds and have used several different types of bandages to keep the wounds clean and covered without having to change bandages every day. The bear has been eating but is quiet and sedate.

June 13, 2018

The Wildlife Center of Virginia, a leading teaching and research hospital for native wildlife, will present “Whoo’s Awake in the Night?”, a program about nocturnal wildlife, at the following Shenandoah County Library branches:

June 12, 2018

The 10 Black Bear cubs are doing well in the Center’s Large Mammal enclosure; they are sampling a variety of different foods that have been introduced to their diet – apples, pomegranates, other fruits, and greens. Each cub is also receiving a mush bowl daily, and Orange, Green, and Red tagged bears are also still bottle-feeding once a day, though as of June 11, Brie noted that they showed less interest.