On the morning of August 10, an adult Black Bear was trapped in Winchester, Virginia. The bear was very skinny and had significant hair loss, likely due to mange. A VDGIF biologist transported the bear to the Wildlife Center.
When the bear arrived, Dr. Ernesto, one of the Center's veterinary interns, darted the female bear to safely sedate and anesthetize her for a physical examination. Once the bear was safely asleep, Drs. Ernesto and Dave carried her into the Center's treatment room.
The bear weighed in at 63.3 kg and was very thin and dehydrated. The team drew blood for analysis and performed several skin scrapings to diagnose the type of mange; licensed veterinary technician Leigh-Ann was able to identify sarcoptic mange. No fractures or other significant injuries were found. Dr. Ernesto gave the bear subcutaneous fluids, an anti-parasitic medication, and anti-inflammatories. Dr. Dave took photos of the bear's teeth to properly determine the bear's age. The teeth are worn and yellow, leading the staff to guess that she is at least three years of age. One of the bear's canines is broken; Dr. Dave thinks that the tooth will likely need to come out, but first the bear needs to be treated for mange.
The bear will be housed in the Center's Bear Pen for the next few weeks.