Black Bear #14-0657

May 13, 2014
July 15, 2014
Rescue Location
Augusta County, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Former Patient
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On May 13, a female Black Bear yearling was admitted to the Wildlife Center. Homeowners in Augusta County, Virginia called the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries when they noticed the bear hanging around their property. The bear appeared lethargic and was not acting as a normal yearling would. A biologist with DGIF responded to the scene and was easily able to sedate and trap the bear.

Dr. Rich Sim, the Center’s veterinary fellow, examined the bear when it arrived at the Center. The yearling was thin, dehydrated, and covered in ticks, but she did appear bright and alert. No fractures or other injuries were found. The veterinary team gave the bear subcutaneous fluids and removed as many ticks as possible. The yearling weighed 9.6 kg.

The bear will be placed in the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation enclosure for further observation and feeding. If the bear remains bright and alert and eats well, Dr. Rich anticipates that the bear could be released later this month.

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Patient Updates

On May 19, the veterinary team darted and anesthetized Black Bear yearling #14-0657 for a physical examination. The rehabilitation staff reported that the bear has been eating, although doesn’t appear to have the appetite of many of the other yearlings treated at the Center this year. Dr. Rich confirmed that the bear is still thin, although has gained weight – the bear weighed in at 13.7 kg. Blood was drawn for analysis; the bear is still slightly anemic.

The yearling was moved to transition area #2 of the Black Bear Complex, where it recovered successfully. On the afternoon of May 20, the bear will be allowed to mingle with the other three yearlings in yard #2.