Black Bear cub #16-2448

November 23, 2016
May 3, 2017
Rescue Location
Frederick County, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Former Patient
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On November 17, a Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officer picked up a Black Bear cub in Frederick County, Virginia. The cub’s mother was reportedly shot, and the cub was observed under a citizen’s porch for a few days. The cub appeared to have mange. The cub was taken to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center on November 17 and transported to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Dr. Peach, one of the Center’s veterinary interns, examined the male cub when he arrived. The cub was thin, severely dehydrated, and had areas of hair loss and skin thickening around his eyes and ears. Biopsies were taken for further study.

The rest of the bear’s physical exam was within normal limits, and Dr. Peach gave subcutaneous fluids to the cub and started him on a course of anti-parasitic medication. The cub was moved to Bear Pen 1, where he will continue to live until the mange resolves. Once healed, the bear will receive colored identification ear tags and will move to the Black Bear Complex.

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

Patient Updates

On May 3, Black Bear yearlings #16-2448 and #16-2496 were picked up for release! Dr. Peach darted the two bears for a quick exam, weight, and re-tagging for release; bears rehabilitated at the Wildlife Center are generally released wearing a green ear tag in each ear. The VDGIF biologist from the Frederick County region picked up the bears to return them to the same general area where they were rescued.

Black Bear #16-2496 weighed in at 35.7 kg; bear #16-2448 weighed 37.7 kg.

Bear #16-2496 [Yellow/Red Tags]: 

Bear #16-2448 [White/Green Tags]:

On February 17, Yellow/Red Tags and Green/White Tags were moved from the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation Complex to the Bear Pens. The two bears are finished with their mange treatments but will act as neighbors to Black Bear #17-0093 {White/Pink Tags] until he is done with his mange treatment. The bears will then be introduced and moved to the Black Bear Complex.

The two "mange bears" in the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation enclosure are both doing well; their hair coats have been improving, and the bears are eating well. Bear #16-2496  [Red/Yellow Tags] was darted and examined on Friday, January 6; dead mites were found on a skin scraping.

Bear #16-2448 [Green/White Tags].is was darted and examined on Sunday, January 15; the team did not find any mites but did find mite eggs.

Both bears will need to be mite-free before they are moved to the Center’s Bear Complex.

On December 16, Black Bear cub #16-2448 was darted and anesthetized for a physical exam, skin scrapings, and biopsies. No mites were seen on the skin scraping, but mite eggs were present. The bear is still thin but has gained six kilograms since his admission.

Dr. Peach placed a colored identification tag in each ear of the bear; the cub is now sporting a Green Tag and a White Tag. The cub was moved to the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure to be a neighbor to bear cub #16-2496, who also has mange. The two bears will be monitored regularly; once both have recovered from mange, they will be moved to the Center’s Bear Complex.