Black Bear #13-0977

May 18, 2013
May 30, 2013
Rescue Location
Waynesboro, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Hit by vehicle
Former Patient
Patient photo

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Dr. Dana Tedesco, the Center’s veterinary intern, received a call on the Center’s after-hours emergency phone at 9:30 p.m. on the night of Saturday, May 18. Someone traveling in Waynesboro on S. Delphine Ave. – within ½ mile of the Wildlife Center – had hit a Black Bear yearling with her vehicle and immediately called the Waynesboro Police Department. The police, in turn, called Dr. Dana – who quickly responded to the scene.

Dr. Dana assessed the yearling, which was sitting on its haunches in a ditch by the side of the road. The bear was docile enough for Dr. Dana to sedate it with a pole syringe. Once the bear was fully sedated, the officers helped Dr. Dana haul the yearling out of the ditch and into a police car for the short drive back to the Center. Two veterinary extern students came in to assist Dr. Dana with the bear’s physical exam and work-up.

The yearling, a 21.8 kg female, had blood in her mouth and a laceration on her wrist. Radiographs and an ultrasound were performed. Dr. Dana was not able to visualize any fractures or fluid in the bear’s abdomen, though this does not entirely rule out the possibility for undetected internal injuries. There was movement noted in the bear’s hind legs. The bear was given fluids, anti-inflammatories, and pain medications, and was settled into a sturdy enclosure in the Center’s holding room.

The following day, the Black Bear yearling #13-0977 appeared bright and alert, though the yearling was not standing. While a spinal injury has not been completely ruled out, Dr. Dana suspects – and hopes – that the yearling simply does not have much room to fully stretch out in its enclosure.   Once the bear finishes its course of anti-inflammatories on May 21, it will be moved to an outdoor bear pen.

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Patient Updates

Black Bear #13-0977 was picked up for release on Thursday, May 30. A biologist with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries transported her to a release site in Rockingham County.

Black Bear yearling #13-0977 continues to do well in Bear Pen 1. She has no difficulty walking or climbing and appears to have recovered well from her collision with a vehicle. A biologist from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will release the bear on Thursday, May 30. The biologist will arrive at the Wildlife Center Thursday afternoon to sedate the bear and transport her to a release site.

After finishing a course of anti-inflammatories, Black Bear yearling #13-0977 was moved to Bear Pen 1 today. As we are all able to see on Critter Cam … she is using her hindlegs well! The female yearling is walking around the enclosure and is climbing logs.

The veterinary team will continue to observe the yearling before determining the next step.