Black Bear #12-2557

November 14, 2012
December 18, 2012
Rescue Location
Halifax County, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Wandering at-large in town
Former Patient
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The Wildlife Center admitted an adult Black Bear – patient #12-2557 – on November 14. On November 13 this bear was seen wandering through South Boston, VA; he climbed a tree at Halifax County Middle School and was darted by Halifax County Animal Control. A biologist with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries picked up the bear; the bear spent the night in a DGIF culvert trap and was brought to the Wildlife Center the next morning.

Because the 200-pound male Black Bear was chemically immobilized, the bear cannot be released until the drugs have left his system. This is to protect any human who might shoot and consume the bear during the legal bear hunting season.   In Halifax County, bear hunting season runs from December 10th to December 15th. Once hunting season is over, the bear will be released back in Halifax County by VDGIF.


Patient Updates

Black Bear #12-2557 was sedated on December 18 prior to his pick-up by a DGIF biologist. Dr. Rich darted the bear and waited about 20 minutes to ensure that the adult male was fully asleep. While the approximately 200-pound bear required three people to lift and carry it into the bear pen upon admission, this time around, it took five people to carry the bear from the den to the DGIF bear truck. Dr. Dave guessed that the bear is somewhere between 250 - 300 pounds. The bear will be released at the White Oak Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

Bear Release in the News:

Bear Released Into the Wild After Roaming Through South Boston, WSET-TV

With bear hunting season coming to a close on December 15 in Halifax County, Dr. Dave, the Center’s veterinary director, contacted a biologist with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to schedule a release for Black Bear #12-2557. On the morning of Tuesday, December 18, a DGIF biologist will pick up the bear for release back in Halifax County.