Black Bear cub #16-1813

August 9, 2016
April 13, 2017
Rescue Location
Alleghany County, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Hit by vehicle
Former Patient
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On the night of August 8, a small female bear cub was hit by a car in Alleghany County, Virginia. The bear was taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator in the area where she was stabilized; VDGIF Black Bear Project Leader Jaime Sajecki transported the cub to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Dr. Ernesto examined the cub upon admission. Due to the bear’s small size, Dr. Ernesto was able to manually capture and restrain the bear before anesthetizing the cub for a physical examination. The cub was dehydrated and Dr. Ernesto was able to hear mild crackles in the bear’s lungs, indicating some mild internal trauma which was confirmed on radiographs. Jaime noted that the cub was smaller than what she would expect to see at this time of year; it’s possible that this cub was separated from her mother for a period of time before her injury. The cub weighed 8.7 kg.

Blood was drawn for analysis and the bear received subcutaneous fluids for the dehydration. If the blood work is within normal limits, the cub will spend the next day inside the Center’s hospital for additional fluids and monitoring before being moved to yard #2 with the seven other bear cubs in the Black Bear Complex.

Your special donation will help the Center to provide care to this young Black Bear cub … and to the 2,500 sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals the Center will treat this year. 

Patient Updates

On Friday, October 28, Black Bear cub #16-1813 will be darted and sedated for a move to the Black Bear Complex. The bear will be tagged with white and pink ear tags (one in each ear) and will spend the next 24 hours in the transition area of yard #2. On Saturday, the gate will be opened and the bear will be allowed to mingle with the other 10 cubs in the yard.

Black Bear cub #16-1813 has been doing well since her admission to the Wildlife Center; the bear didn’t experience any significant injuries or lingering problems from being hit by a car. On August 12, the staff moved to the bear to Large Mammal Isolation, so that the cub could be a nearby "neighbor" for Black Bear cub #16-1713, who is continuing to recover from elbow surgery in the connecting chute of the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure. Although the cubs aren’t housed directly together, they can still visit through the bars of the enclosure.

Before the bear is moved to the bear complex, she’ll receive a colored identification tag in each ear.