December 30, 2019

Bald Eagle #19-3193 is ready for release! After additional exercise and pre-release blood work, the veterinary and rehabilitation staff declared that this eagle was ready to be returned to the wild. At this point, the state eagle biologist does not have any available transmitters, so the eagle will be released without one on Wednesday, January 1 at 1:00 p.m. at Leesville Campground near Gretna, VA. 

December 20, 2019

On December 16, a young Black Bear cub was reported to have approached a hunter in the woods in Augusta County, Virginia. There was no sow seen in the area, and the bear was picked up and given to a private citizen where it was kept in a house for three days. The bear was transported to the Wildlife Center and admitted on December 19. 

December 16, 2019

Black Bear #19-3292 was moved to the Center’s Bear Pen on the afternoon of December 12; this space is a good location for housing mange positive patients, since the concrete block enclosure can be entirely disinfected, which will prevent mange mites from persisting in the environment. The rehabilitation staff report that the bear is fairly quiet; it’s likely that the bear is still uncomfortable due to the mite infestation. The bear is eating some wet dog food on his own.

December 16, 2019

Bald Eagle #19-3193 has been flying well in the A1 flight enclosure; the rehabilitation staff report that the eagle flies an average of 10-15 passes during each daily exercise session. The eagle has been demonstrating that it can maintain height and gain lift; the bird needs to increase its stamina before release is considered.

December 12, 2019

On December 11, a young Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Madison County, Virginia. A private citizen saw the bear in the same area for several weeks; the bear appeared weak and as if it was slowing declining in health and mobility.

Dr. Claire, the Center’s veterinary intern, examined the male bear when he arrived. Based on the bear’s size and dentition, this bear was likely born in the winter of 2019 – making him, by some standards, a “cub” – though turning into a yearling next month. In Virginia, the median birth date for bear cubs is in mid-January.