Black Bear cub #20-0384 [No Tag]

April 14, 2020
April 14, 2021
Rescue Location
Buchanan County, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Found alone
Former Patient
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On Tuesday, April 7, another Black Bear cub was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The tiny female cub was found alone in Buchanan County on April 6 and was taken to a local veterinary clinic before she spent the night at the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke.

Dr. Karra, the Center’s veterinary intern, examined the young cub at admission. The small bear was bright and alert and also "very squirmy", according to Dr. Karra. No injuries were noted, though the cub was dehydrated and thin; at 1.2 kg, she’s about half the size of the smallest cub in the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation enclosure. Since the cub was too small to be ear-tagged, Dr. Karra elected to postpone a full set of radiographs until the cub is older, when the cub can be anesthetized for radiographs, additional blood work, and ear tagging.

The cub was placed in a Zinger crate and was moved to the Large Mammal enclosure that same evening, so the young bear could be around other cubs. The newest cub is too small to have free access to the space, so she will stay in the Zinger crate until she grows and puts on more weight.

Your donation will help provide specialized care to this orphaned bear cub for the next year — until she’s old enough to return to the wild in 2021. Thank you! 

Patient Updates

On April 14, five more Black Bears were successfully darted, sedated, and loaded for release! No Tag, Red/Green Tags, and White/Pink Tags were released together by one DWR biologist; Double Yellow Tags and Double White Tags were released by another biologist.







Final weights were:

No Tag: 34.30 kg
Red/Green: 44.70 kg
White/Pink: 45.70 kg
Double Yellow: 64.50 kg
Double White: 39.30 kg

Today’s releases went well — all bear yearlings successfully ran off out of sight!

Double White/Double Yellow Release: 

Release of No Tag, Red/Green Tags, White/Pink Tags: 

Yesterday’s releases went well — Kelsey shared these photos of the Double Pink and White Tag release:


More releases will take place at the end of April.