Bald eagle found dead at Carvin’s Cove first in SW Virginia to test positive for Bird Flu
A bald eagle that was found dead at Carvin’s Cove in December has tested positive for the Bird Flu, or Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. It’s the first known case in a bald eagle in Southwest Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.
Botetourt native to star on ‘Naked and Afraid’ on January 31
ROANOKE, Va. – A woman from Botetourt is appearing on a show where contestants bare it all. Samantha Cline took on a 21-day challenge on the show “Naked and Afraid” to test her survival skills in the wilderness, but she’s no stranger to the outdoors. Cline is also a staff member at the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke since 2020. She joined the team around the same time she began getting ready to film, according to organization officials. You can watch Cline on the show on Sunday, Jan. 31, on Discovery+.
Roanoke wildlife center using virtual auction to raise money
ROANOKE, Va. – The Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke is holding its first-ever online auction. That’s when the Roanoke Valley SPCA stepped in to help by allowing the Wildlife Center to use the online auction platform that it uses for its own charity auctions. The money raised during this virtual event allows the center to continue to care for animals. “It helps us feed, medicate, buy the medication we always have equipment that needs repairs, but it’s basically putting food into the animals and the care that they get, said Executive Director of the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center Sabrina Garvin. The nonprofit relies on donations and although the pandemic has shut down businesses across Southwest Virginia, the center is busier than ever.
‘They’re basically on death’s door’: SWVA Wildlife Center helping animals during severe weather
ROANOKE, Va. – Heavy rain and cold temperatures can mean deadly conditions for wild animals in southwest Virginia. A local rescue center wants to give them a second chance at life. The Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke has been taking in a lot of animals with hypothermia, including beavers, groundhogs, and birds that have been drenched with heavy rain that’s hit the region. A groundhog gets medical care at the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center after it suffered from hypothermia. (WSLS)“They’re coming in cold, hypothermic and they’re basically on death’s door,” said Hayley Olsen-Hodges, a staff naturalist at the center.
Judge once again dismisses neighbor’s case against Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center
ROANOKE, Va. – Legal battles continue for a local wildlife rescue center. For the second time, a judge is dismissing a neighbor’s case against the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke. That neighbor, Stan Seymour, has now filed with the Supreme Court to overturn the judge’s decision. The center has also filed a lawsuit for conspiracy, basically alleging that their neighbors are trying to bring them financial harm by filing these lawsuits. This is their attempt at getting the money back that they spent defending themselves in legal fees, which is upwards of $85,000.