For decades, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, along with many private conservation organizations, including the Wildlife Center of Virginia, worked very hard to enable Virginia’s long-imperiled black bear population to recover to a sustainable level. This has been a truly exemplary conservation initiative. Today, Virginia has a very healthy and stable bear population throughout most of the natural range of the species.
Bald Eagle #17-0263 is recovering well post-surgery; the eagle is receiving daily wound checks, along with pain medications and laser therapy to promote healing. The swelling around the surgical site is minimal and the veterinarians are pleased with how things are healing so far. The eagle will remain in the Center's holding room while the external fixator is in place; if all goes well, the hardware will be removed toward the end of April.
On March 25, a female Black Bear yearling was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Augusta County. The bear had been seen in a tree for multiple days; she was very thin and weak, and did not appear to be leaving the area. A biologist from the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and was able to catch and transport the bear.
On the afternoon of March 22, Dr. Peach was able to discuss Bald Eagle #17-0262 with the Virginia Beach SPCA veterinarian who initially treated the bird. Dr. Peach learned that, on initial presentation, the bird's wing was very compromised; at the fracture site, the bird's wing was rotated out of place. The veterinarian was able to return the wing position to normal position only after the bird was safely under anesthesia.