On August 20, 2016, a female Bald Eagle was released at Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster County, Virginia. The mature eagle was rescued from the side of the road in Richmond County in July 2016. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.
On October 22, 2015, a young female Bald Eagle was released at Belle Isle State Park, Virginia. The hatch-year eagle was rescued from Northumberland County in June 2015. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.
On February 11, an adult male Bald Eagle was found down in Greene County. An animal control officer was able to capture the bird, and a volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Wildlife Center for treatment.
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.
On October 31, Bald Eagle #16-2377 was admitted to the Wildlife Center after it was found unable to fly in a residential area of Stafford County. During the initial exam, the eagle was bright, alert, and responsive, but was found to have a variety of physical injuries.
On February 1, a male Black Bear yearling was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Augusta County. A landowner saw the small bear and thought he was dragging one of his hind legs; a biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries responded and was able to easily capture the tiny yearling.
On January 24, an adult Bald Eagle was found on the ground on Craney Island in Portsmouth, Virginia. The eagle, likely a female, was reportedly able to fly but only for short distances. During the eagle's initial medical exam, Dr. Peach -- one of the Wildlife Center's veterinary interns -- noted that the bird was bright, alert, reactive, and extremely feisty.
On January 21, two rabbit hunters were out in Lunenburg County, Virginia, when they heard two small bear cubs crying. The cubs were in a den, but there was no immediate sign of the sow. The hunters called the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to consult with them about what to do; the hunters were inclined to leave the cubs there but wanted to inform VDGIF of their location.
A Fish Crow was admitted to the Wildlife Center on November 26 as patient #16-2468. Fish Crows are similar to American Crows in appearance and behavior, but are typically smaller in size. Like American Crows they are very social birds, forming large flocks in winter months. Fish Crows have a more limited range than American Crows; they can be found mainly along the east coast of the United States.
Mama BADO came to the Wildlife Center in early 2013, after she was likely hit by a car in Lexington, Virginia. She had significant damage to her left eye upon admission; through regular eye examinations in the months following her rescue, the veterinary team found that Mama BADO had retinal degeneration in both eyes.