Black Bear cub #21-1427

May 25, 2021
April 20, 2022
Rescue Location
Powhatan County, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Former Patient
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On May 25, a female Black Bear cub was admitted from Powhatan County after her mother was hit and killed by a car. The cub was able to be captured and transported to the Wildlife Center later that same evening.

Dr. Jenn, one of the Center’s veterinary interns, examined the feisty cub to check for any issues or injuries. The cub was bright, alert, and feisty, weighing in at 5.32 kg, close in weight to the two larger female cubs already in the Center’s care. The bear had no fractures or wounds, though had a severe tick infestation and was also missing her right pinna (outer ear). Dr. Jenn noted that the missing right pinna appears to be an old injury, and is not in need of treatment.

A skin scraping revealed evidence of a bear-specific mite infestation, and the veterinary team treated the cub with an anti-parasitic medication and a topical tick spray.

The bear was placed in a Zinger crate in the right half of the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure; the rehabilitation staff will offer the cub specialized bear formula once a day, along with other fruits, veggies, and seeds. The bear will need to stay in a Zinger away from the other cubs until an additional skin scrape is free from any mange mites.

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Patient Updates

The remaining three Black Bears of 2021 were picked up for release on April 20!

On the afternoon of April 19, wildlife rehabilitation supervisor Kelsey baited the DWR bear trap and the entire transition area of the Black Bear Complex with some tasty treats. The bears were very interested and quickly moved into the transition area when the adjoining gate was opened. Black Bear #21-1427 [One Ear] entered the DWR trap and was quickly contained; the other two bears remained in the transition area so that the veterinary team could easily dart and sedate them the following morning.

On Wednesday, April 20, the team was able to successfully sedate all three bears so that each could be examined, weighed, and ear-tagged for release. Bloodwork and skin scrapes were also performed. Final weights:

  • Black Bear #22-0545 [Double Lavender Tags]: 39.0 kg
  • Black Bear #21-1007 [Yellow Tag]: 59.1 kg
  • Black Bear #21-1427 [One Ear]: 52.2 kg

Two DWR biologists arrived to transport and release the bears in two separate locations. Double Lavender and Yellow Tag are being released together in the same remote location. The one-eared bear — who was the last cub to arrive in 2022 — will be released separately.

Later in the afternoon, DWR biologist Katie sent these two photos of the release of Black Bear #21-1427 [One Ear]!

DWR biologist Carl was able to take these photos of Black Bear #21-1007 [Yellow Tag]: