Black Bear cub #16-0305

April 18, 2016
Rescue Location
Craig County, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Former Patient
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On April 17, a private citizen turned a small bear cub in to the Craig County Sheriff’s office. The citizen reportedly found the cub in a ditch by the side of the road. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries was notified, and the cub was taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center for the night. VDGIF Black Bear Project Leader Jaime Sajecki transported the cub to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 18.

Drs. Helen and Dana examined the female cub when she arrived. The cub was bright, alert, and in good body condition. No abnormalities were found on physical exam; since the cub had been bottle-fed recently, radiographs will be scheduled for Tuesday morning.

On Friday, April 22, Jaime will take the bear cub to Virginia Tech so that she can be fostered onto a wild Black Bear sow. The Virginia Tech Black Bear Research Center has offered this opportunity for a number of years; the research center works in conjunction with VDGIF and keeps several adult bears during the winter and releases them in the spring. When pregnant sows are trapped for the program, and the bears give birth during the winter, VDGIF is able to foster orphaned cubs onto a new bear mom. Jaime reports that this year, one of the female bears has a cub just about the same size as cub #16-0305. The new family will be released sometime in May.

Your special donation will help provide this young Black Bear cub with special formula and housing. Thanks for your support!

Patient Updates

Black Bear cub #16-0305 was picked up today by VDGIF Black Bear Project Leader Jaime Sajecki. Jaime will transport the cub to Virginia Tech’s Black Bear Research Center, where the cub will be introduced to a new surrogate Black Bear sow, who has one cub that is similar in size.

Here’s a short video of the cub enjoying her “mush bowl” this week!

Black Bear cub #16-0305 is doing well since admission on April 18. The cub is living in a crate in the Center’s outdoor bear pen. She is fed a bottle of specialized formula four times each day and is also offered a mush bowl of rice cereal and formula.

Assistant Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Kelli Knight, fed the cub her morning bottle on April 20. The cub made quite a mess during her meal.