August 29, 2018

On August 14, a private citizen in Westmoreland County noticed a Bald Eagle grounded on a rocky area of the Potomac River with what appeared to be an injured wing, possibly the result of a fight with another eagle. The eagle was captured that day, and was transported to Wild Bunch Wildlife Rehabilitation. Wildlife rehabilitator Diana O’Connor transferred the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following afternoon.

August 28, 2018

Wildlife rehabilitation intern Shannon reports that all of the cubs are doing well in the Bear Complex – they are exploring, climbing, and utilizing all of their one-acre space. Shannon says that the bears are fairly wary of their next-door neighbor, adult bear #18-1952.

August 27, 2018

The veterinary team has been carefully assessing Bald Eagle #18-1139 during the past week, including monitoring the bird’s behavior on Critter Cam. The eagle is often perched on the very highest perches in the enclosure and has no issues flying down to low perches for food, and returning to the high perches.

The test results for the aspergillosis panel have not yet returned. The team will wait for test results and will continue monitoring, but so far, no unusual behavior has been seen.

August 23, 2018

The Black Bear cubs of 2018 were successfully moved to the Bear Complex on Thursday, August 23!

Dr. Peach sedated the bears so that she could draw blood for the final week of her mange medication study. All of the bears are in excellent shape, and are quite large! The bears were weighed before the move:

August 22, 2018

Black Bear #18-1952 was sedated and anesthetized for a six-week follow-up examination today. Dr. Peach was thrilled to find that the bear had grown in a significant amount of hair – the difference between admission and today is striking!