During the week of March 3, homeowners in Rappahannock County spotted a small yearling hanging around in their yard. After seeing the bear for several days, the homeowners contacted the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
On March 5, Dr. Rich Sim noted that Black Bear #14-0126’s heart rate was low. The bear’s heart rate was measured at 66 beats per minute; a typical heart rate for a bear this age would be about 120-130 beats per minute.
On March 5, permitted wildlife rehabilitators Linda Vetter and Dana Lusher released Red-tailed Hawk #14-0034 at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Refuge. The hawk flew strongly up into a nearby tree where it briefly perched to survey its surroundings.
The goal of the Center is “to treat to release” – to restore patients to health and return as many as possible to the wild. Here are some of those success stories.