On November 17, a Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officer picked up a Black Bear cub in Frederick County, Virginia. The cub's mother was reportedly shot, and the cub was observed under a citizen's porch for a few days. The cub appeared to have mange. The cub was taken to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center on November 17 and transported to the Wildlife Center the following day.
Dr. Peach, one of the Center's veterinary interns, examined the male cub when he arrived. The cub was thin, severely dehydrated, and had areas of hair loss and skin thickening around his eyes and ears. Biopsies were taken for further study.
The rest of the bear's physical exam was within normal limits, and Dr. Peach gave subcutaneous fluids to the cub and started him on a course of anti-parasitic medication. The cub was moved to Bear Pen 1, where he will continue to live until the mange resolves. Once healed, the bear will receive colored identification ear tags and will move to the Black Bear Complex.