On March 4, Black Bears 16-2448 and 16-2496 were moved to the transition area of yard #3 in the Black Bear Complex. The two bears will likely remain in this area until release time.
In early March, the rehabilitation staff systematically searched the two-acre Black Bear Complex, looking for Pink/Yellow. They were able to shift the majority of the bears from yard to yard so that all dens could be safely checked. After a couple of days of searching, they checked yard #3, where recently released Black Bear #17-1817 was housed ... and rehabilitation intern Shannon was happy to report that Pink/Yellow was found in the yard!
On Monday, February 27, Bald Eagle #17-0127 was re-tested for lead, which is the Center's protocol for birds that have gone through chelation therapy. In birds with chronic lead toxicity, lead can be absorbed into a raptor's bones, and, over time, the lead can leach back out into the bird's system. Lead test results came back at a level of 0.3 ppm, which warrants treatment.
Celebrate Spring with the Wildlife Center of Virginia's special Caring for Bunnies and Caring for Robins program!
On February 8, Dr. Peach darted and anesthetized Black Bear #16-1817 for a final check prior to release. When the bear was first admitted last summer, the veterinary team noted that one of the bear's teeth was fractured and discolored; they wanted to examine the teeth again to see if an extraction was needed while the bear was still at the Wildlife Center. Fortunately, the bear's teeth appeared to be in the same condition; while some are discolored and possibly dead, there is no sign of inflammation or any other issues that would warrant a major surgery.