Black Bear cub #13-0450

April 16, 2013
April 25, 2014
Rescue Location
Sherando Lake, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Separated from mother
Former Patient
Patient photo

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On April 13, a Black Bear sow and three cubs were spotted at Sherando Lake in Augusta County, Virginia. The bears were spooked by people; two cubs ran off with the mother while one cub climbed a tree. The lone cub was still by itself on the morning of April 16, so a forest ranger transported the cub to the Wildlife Center.

Dr. Rich Sim, the Center’s veterinary fellow, examined the cub when it arrived. After the complete work-up, Dr. Rich declared the male bear cub healthy, yet thin. Weighing in at 1.94 kgs, the bear is similar in size to the other two bears cubs currently residing at the Center. The new cub, patient #13-0450, will be introduced to the cubs within the next day.

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Patient Updates

Black Bears #13-0450, 13-0470, 13-0646, and 13-2606 were successfully darted this morning just after 8:00 a.m. Drs. Rich and Kristin were able to dart the three males first; #13-2606 eluded darting at first, until Dr. Rich was finally able to dart her while she was in a tree. The bears received a quick physical examination and were weighed prior to loading into the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries culvert trap.

Final weights for the bears:

#13-0450:  56.1 kg
#13-0470:  62.8 kg
#13-0646:  54.9 kg
#13-2606:  17.3 kg

The bears will be released later today in a remote location in Virginia.

Black Bear Release: April 25, 2014

One of the Wildlife Center’s Critter Cam viewers compiled this video, which takes a look back at the infamous bears of 2013.