Black Bear #14-0184

March 28, 2014
August 4, 2014
Rescue Location
Botetourt County, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Former Patient
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During the week of March 24, a thin yearling was seen hanging around a campground in Botetourt County. Due to the appearance of the bear, campground officials contacted the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The bear was captured on March 27 and was transported to the Center on March 28.

Dr. Rich, the Center’s veterinary fellow, anesthetized the bear for a physical examination. Radiographs and blood work were also performed; no significant injuries were found. The female bear weighed 7.46 kg – she was thin, but not emaciated.

The bear was moved to the outdoor Large Mammal isolation enclosure – and joined Black Bear yearling #14-0142. The staff will feed the bear, and once it is more than 10 kg, the bear (along with 14-0142) will be moved to the Bear Complex for further observation.

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On the afternoon of May 5, Dr. Rich was able to successfully dart and capture Black Bear yearling #14-0184 from yard #2 in the Black Bear Complex. The yearling weighed in at 14.0 kg and was in good body condition.

The yearling was moved to Bear Pen #3 to act as a surrogate to bear cubs #14-0224 and #14-0394. The Wildlife Center used this surrogate technique in 2012, and this will make the second family unit created at the Wildlife Center this spring. By fostering a cub [young-of-the-year bear] onto a female yearling, the Center hopes to minimize the amount of human contact with the bear cubs. According to the DGIF bear biologist, after a period of introduction, some female yearlings will readily accept young cubs and will essentially teach them "how to be bears." Despite not being of breeding age, the maternal instincts of these female yearlings kick in after they are introduced to their young charges.

The two cubs were placed into a zinger crate, while the yearling has the run of Bear Pen #3. This will allow the cubs and yearling to first see, smell, and hear one another, before they are given full access to one another.