On August 21, a young Golden Eagle was found standing on the road in Saltville, Virginia. The eagle was initially taken to Southwest Virginia Veterinary Services, a non-wildlife veterinary facility near Lebanon. Although specific details of the initial rescue are unavailable, records state that the bird was unable to fly away when approached. The eagle was transported to the Wildlife Center the next day as a referral.
On November 7, a female Black Bear yearling from Frederick County was rescued by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The young bear had a severe case of sarcoptic mange and hair loss.
On May 7, a Great Horned Owlet was found on the ground in Chesapeake, Virginia. The bird was brought to local rehabilitator Gay Frazee and kept in her care until May 31, when the owlet was transferred to the Wildlife Center to live with our surrogate Great Horned Owl Papa G’Ho.
The owlet was admitted as patient #16-0923 and was given a physical exam upon arrival at the Center. The owlet was bright, feisty, had no obvious injuries, and appeared to be in good health.
On April 29, the Wildlife Center admitted patient #16-0456 – an orphaned Great Horned Owlet rescued from Roanoke, VA. The owlet was transferred to the Wildlife Center from the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center to be reared by the Center’s surrogate Great Horned Owl, Papa G’Ho.
On September 4, a Black Bear cub was found by the side of the road in Rockingham County, Virginia. Rescuers called the local sheriff's department, and the bear was easily captured and transported to the Wildlife Center.
On June 4, a young Bald Eagle was found down on the ground near an active eagle nest in Midlothian, Virginia. The bird was unable to fly, and was captured and taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator, who found a fracture in the eagle’s left wing. The eagle was transported to the Wildlife Center the following day.
Each year during the spring and summer months, the Wildlife Center admits dozens of White-tailed Deer fawns. As of June 7, the Center is caring for seven fawns.
On October 16, 2015, a young female Bald Eagle was released at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston, Virginia. The hatch-year eagle was rescued from Westlake Country Club at Smith Mountain Lake in June 2015. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.