Black Bear cub #18-0383 [Red Tag]

April 17, 2018
April 11, 2019
Rescue Location
Shenandoah County, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Separated from mother
Former Patient
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On April 17, a man was driving home from work when he saw a young Black Bear cub sitting by the side of the road. He watched the cub for about an hour; there was no sign of the sow, but the cub kept approaching a flooded creek. After no signs of the sow, the rescuer picked up the cub and called the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. A biologist picked up the cub, and the young bear was transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia that same day.

Veterinary intern Dr. Monica, along with two veterinary students, examined the male bear cub when he arrived. The cub was bright, alert, and had several ticks; the cub was also thin, with an estimated body condition score of 2/5. The cub weighed 1.72 kg. Radiographs showed no fractures or internal trauma, but Dr. Monica found a corneal ulcer on the bear’s left eye.

The veterinary team gave the cub subcutaneous fluids and started the bear on a five-day course of antibiotic eye drops to treat the corneal ulcer. The bear was too small for ear tags, so was left as a “No Tag” bear for now; since the bear will soon be introduced to the other four cubs at the Center, one of the two “No Tag” bears will be ear-tagged when larger.

The rehabilitation staff set up a crate for the bear in the same room as the other cubs and prepared a bottle of electrolytes. The newest cub will be introduced to the other four cubs during play time on the evening of April 18.

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Patient Updates

The bear releases continue this week – with seven more bear yearlings out the door!

The Wildlife Center team successfully darted and loaded seven bears this morning; some of the bears had already received their pre-release exam and ear-tagging earlier this week when they were moved to Large Mammal Isolation. All bears are in good condition. A number have shown some hair loss along their flanks; the staff has noted this during the past couple of years on yearling bears in the early spring. This appears to be something that is seen in captive-raised bear cubs but has not been a long-term issue for bears once they have more room in the wild.

Today’s release group includes:

Black Bear cub #18-0345 [Green Tag]: final weight 50.9 kg
Black Bear cub #18-0346 [Orange Tag]: final weight 46.3 kg
Black Bear cub #18-0349 [No Tag]: final weight 43.7 kg
Black Bear cub #18-0350 [Pink Tag]: final weight: 32.4 kg
Black Bear cub #18-0383 [Red]: final weight 45.4 kg
Black Bear cub #18-0933 [Double Green Tags]: final weight 47.4 kg
Black Bear cub #18-1315 [Double Yellow Tags]: final weight 42.4 kg

Wildlife rehabilitators Brie and Kelsey are attending the release with DGIF biologists; hopefully we’ll have photos and/or video to share later!