On December 10, a Bald Eagle -- likely a fourth-year bird -- was found down in a frozen swamp at Caledon State Park in King George County. A park ranger was able to capture the bird, and it was admitted later that same day to the Wildlife Center.
On December 14, homeowners in Staunton found an injured squirrel in their driveway. The homeowners had recently put out several rat poison stations around their yard to control the rodent population.
On November 15, two mature Bald Eagles were found down on the ground, next to a deer carcass. The birds were unable to stand and were exhibiting neurologic symptoms -- indicating possible poisoning. The birds were triaged by a permitted wildlife rehabilitator and driven to the Wildlife Center that same day.
On July 22, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries conducted a surprise inspection of a wildlife rehabilitation facility in eastern Virginia, which resulted in the seizure of several birds of prey. Among them was Bald Eagle #16-1663 which was transferred to the Wildlife Center for evaluation and care. No medical records were sent with the birds, but social media reports state that this young eagle hatched earlier this year in Virginia Beach.
On December 22, 2015, a female Bald Eagle was released at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City County, Virginia. The hatch-year eagle was rescued from a landfill in Pulaski County in September 2015. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.
On December 13, a Bald Eagle was found down in a field in Chesapeake, Virginia, unable to fly. Dr. Peach, one of the Center's veterinary interns, was in the area and was able to transport the bird back to the Wildlife Center that same evening.
On November 5, a private citizen of Suffolk, Virginia witnessed Bald Eagle #16-2402 fail to maintain altitude while flying and watched as the bird crash-landed into a nearby marsh, where it was unable to fly away. A certified wildlife rehabilitator retrieved the eagle, which was then presented to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the following day.
On September 28, an Eastern Screech-owl was rescued in Rockbridge County after being attacked by a cat. Free-roaming cats attack a variety of wild animals, including small mammals,snakes, amphibians, songbirds, and occasionally small raptors. Cat attack victims have a low chance of survival, even if they receive medical treatment quickly.
On October 2, animal control officers in Portsmouth, Virginia answered a call about two adult Bald Eagles down on the ground with their talons locked together. The two eagles were likely engaged in a territorial dispute. A Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officer responded to the situation; when the officer approached the two eagles, one of the birds flew away. The remaining injured bird was captured and transported to Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation, where the eagle was stabilized before being transferred to the Wildlife Center.