Black Bear #14-0301

April 14, 2014
July 15, 2014
Rescue Location
Greene County, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Former Patient
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On April 14, the Wildlife Center admitted another yearling Black Bear – the 11th bear admitted in 2014. The male yearling was seen hanging around a house in Greene County, Virginia; the bear appeared to be quite thin and very lethargic. A biologist with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries responded to the scene, tranquilized the bear, and transported him to the Wildlife Center.

Upon admission, Dr. Rich examined the yearling. Dr. Rich found the bear to be severely emaciated. Blood work also confirmed that the bear was anemic. The bear had alopecia [hair loss] on his stomach and chest; a skin scraping of the hairless areas revealed no parasites, suggesting that the alopecia is from poor nutrition. No injuries were noted on the bear’s radiographs. The bear weighed 7.74 kg.

The veterinary team gave the bear fluids, a vitamin injection, and an anti-parasitic medication before it was placed in the Center’s holding room for the night. The team will begin to offer the bear very small, highly digestible meals multiple times a day. The bear’s condition is guarded due to its emaciated condition and risk for re-feeding syndrome.

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On May 8, Black Bear yearlings #14-0301 and #14-0364 were darted and anesthetized so they could be moved to the Center’s Black Bear Complex. Dr. Kristin, the Center’s veterinary intern, darted the two bears and gave them a quick physical examination. Both bears were in good body condition and appeared to be doing well. Bear #14-0301 weighed 15.7 kg; bear #14-0364 weighed 14.9 kg.

Both bears were placed in yard #2 of the Black Bear complex, along with female yearling #14-0142.

Black Bears #14-0301 and 14-0364 have been doing well in the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation enclosure. The two yearlings seem to be getting along just fine, and both are eating well. On April 30, Dr. Rich checked on them to assess their appearance; he felt that both were improving and are in better body condition. During the week of May 5, the two bears will be darted, anesthetized, weighed, and moved to Black Bear Complex yard #2.

Black Bear #14-0301 has been doing well as he recovers from his emaciated condition. The bear is eating well and gaining weight, and his attitude is consistently bright and feisty. At this point, the risk for re-feeding syndrome should be over. The veterinary team moved the bear to the outdoor Large Mammal Isolation facility on April 21.

Black Bear yearling #14-0301 is recovering well so far from his emaciated condition. The bear is eating well, and the staff are slowly increasing the size of the bear’s meals. At this point, the bear is still receiving a specialized diet for thin/emaciated animals. The bear’s hydration level is improving, although the veterinary team is still giving subcutaneous fluids each day.