On April 4, a citizen in Madison County, Virginia, found a bear cub by itself. The citizen left the area in case the sow was nearby and called the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). To ensure that the bear wasn't unintentionally "bear-napped", everyone decided to leave the cub where it was. On the morning of April 5, the cub was still by itself and was crying, so a biologist with VDGIF picked up the cub and transported it to the Wildlife Center.
Dr. Ernesto examined the infant male cub when he arrived. The cub was bright and alert, and had no injuries; he was in good body condition and weighed in at 1.63 kg.
Ideally, a wild foster mom would be found for this young cub, but many sows are becoming more active at this time of year, and are spending more time out of their dens. Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) Black Bear Project Leader Jaime Sajecki also notes that past fostering situations that occur later in the spring have not been successful when attempted at the Virginia Tech bear facility. The VDGIF biologists might attempt a den check during the week of April 10, but now that the Center is caring this cub as well as #17-0352, an appropriate foster situation will likely be difficult to find.
The two cubs will be introduced to one another and will be bottle-fed until they are big enough to eat on their own.