On December 4, a homeowner in Frederick County found a Black Bear cub sleeping in a doghouse in the garage. The homeowner moved the doghouse outside, but when the bear cub didn't depart after a couple of days, a biologist with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries came to pick up the cub. The bear was transported to the Wildlife Center on December 7.
Dr. Ernesto examined the male cub when he arrived, and found him to be severely dehydrated and in poor body condition. The bear had several patches of thickened skin and about 10-20% hair loss -- a symptom of mange, which is prevalent in the Frederick County area. Dr. Ernesto drew blood for analysis, which revealed that the bear was anemic. Skin scrapings confirmed the presence of sarcoptic mange.
The bear cub was given subcutaneous fluids, and Dr. Ernesto started the cub on a course of anti-parasitic medication to treat the mites that cause the mange. A colored ear tag was placed in each of the bear's ears to help identify him when he moves to the Bear Complex after recovering from mange; this bear will be identified as "Red/Yellow Tags". The cub will be housed in the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure throughout the course of his mange treatment.