Black Bear #17-0127

February 19, 2017
April 21, 2017
Rescue Location
Stanardsville, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Very thin
Former Patient
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On February 19, a tiny Black Bear yearling was admitted after a homeowner found the bear on his property in Stanardsville, Virginia. The bear was bright, alert, and feisty, but dehydrated and in very poor body condition; Dr. Ernesto gave the bear a body condition score of 1/5.

No injuries were found, but Dr. Ernesto noted that the bear’s respiration was wheezy; radiographs revealed signs of pneumonia. Blood work confirmed anemia as well as low levels of protein in the blood. A skin scraping showed no signs of mites. The bear weighed 3.86 kg. Dr. Ernesto placed an identification tag in each of the bear’s ears; this bear will be identified as Pink/Yellow Tags.

The bear was given fluids and a soft meal, and was placed in a zinger crate in the Center’s holding room. The bear will remain inside for several days to ensure it is receiving adequate nutrition and fluids.

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Patient Updates

In early March, the rehabilitation staff systematically searched the two-acre Black Bear Complex, looking for Pink/Yellow. They were able to shift the majority of the bears from yard to yard so that all dens could be safely checked. After a couple of days of searching, they checked yard #3, where recently released Black Bear #17-1817 was housed … and rehabilitation intern Shannon was happy to report that Pink/Yellow was found in the yard!

The team set a large live trap for the bear, in hopes of catching him and moving him to a more secure location in the Bear Pens. The little bear has not fallen for the bait yet, but continues to move from yard to yard, likely slipping under the hotwire. The staff are providing food for him in yard #3 (where no bears are housed) so that he gets his fair share of food; the bear does eat in that yard but continues to make visits to yard #2.

On Tuesday afternoon, wildlife rehabilitator Brie fed the 16 Black Bears in the Bear Complex and did a quick daily headcount. She was unable to find the newest bear — #17-0127, Pink/Yellow Tags. The bear is very small and could easily be hiding, though has generally been up and active in the yard. So far, the staff have not seen the bear via Critter Cam. The rehabilitation staff hope to conduct a more in-depth search of some of the yards today.

Black Bear yearling #16-0127 [Pink/Yellow] did well in the days following his admission. The bear’s respiratory wheezes improved and, by February 24, had cleared. The bear was eating well and gained a kilogram [2.2 lbs], so the veterinary team decided to move the bear to a transition area #2 in the Bear Complex on February 25, to be with Double Green and Double Yellow bears.

Critter Cam viewers soon saw that the tiny bear managed to get into the main part of the complex with the other yearling bears later that same day. Nearly all of the bears were shifted to Bear yard #2 on Sunday, and Pink/Yellow was trapped and moved back into the transition area. Once again, the bear managed to slip into the main yard later that day. The team will leave the small bear in the two connected yards and will monitor via Critter Cam.