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Welcome to the Wildlife news category at West Virginia Explorer, where you'll find a compendium of news regarding wildlife in West Virginia.

Remarkably large wolf pack once documented in W.Va.

Wolves in North America most often live in packs of about eight.
CRANBERRY, W.Va. — Wolves in North America typically run in packs of around eight, according to most sources, though packs as large as 30...

Governor unveils initiative to restore bobwhite in West Virginia

Justice feeds quail
ALUM CREEK, W.Va. — The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources is stocking more than 20,000 bobwhite quail this autumn at wildlife management areas across...

West Virginia seeks resident opinions about black bears

A black bear wanders the woodlands in rural West Virginia.
BECKLEY, W.Va. — The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources is conducting a scientific study on black bears and black bear management that will involve...

W.Va. seeks landowners interested in improving wildlife habitat

Resident of old forests, a cerulean warbler perches on a beech.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, is seeking private...

Wildlife center at Forks-of-Coal natural area set to open

Paddlers explore the state natural area at the Forks-of-Coal State Natural Area.
A new wildlife education center at the 102-acre Forks-of-Coal State Natural Area near Charleston, West Virginia, is set to open in spring and is...

Porcupine invasion reaches into south-central West Virginia

Native to northern Appalachia, porcupines have been slowly migrating south into West Virginia.
In some corners of West Virginia, resident rodents such as squirrels and beavers are sharing habitat with their slow-moving, short-sighted, and very prickly cousin—the...

W.Va. lifts ban on feeding birds in its eastern panhandle

Birds gather at a feeder in the Appalachian Mountains.
An investigation into diseased birds found in the eastern panhandle has concluded that reports of affected birds have declined since July, according to the...

W.Va. State Parks announces return of guided elk-viewing tours

An elk, or wapiti, lingers in an upland field in the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area.
Wildlife enthusiasts and outdoor lovers who want a chance to see West Virginia's growing elk herd up close and in a natural setting may...

State partners with Toyota to promote pollinator conservation

Rachel Rosenberg, a partner biologist with W.Va. Division of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Conservation Service, demonstrates planting techniques.
Landowners in the Kanawha Valley had a hands-on opportunity to learn how to create pollinator habitats on their properties through a recent workshop hosted...

West Virginia partners in multi-state musky mortality project

A biologist displays a muskellunge on the Ohio River.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has partnered with fish and wildlife agencies and angling organizations across the eastern U.S. to attempt to...

DNR seeks river otter carcasses for population study

A river otter forages along the bank of a West Virginia stream.
The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources is asking trappers in the Mountain State to help collect data on river otter populations by donating otter...

W.Va. seeks landowners keen to improve wildlife habitat

Wild turkey roam a woodland in northern West Virginia.
Biologists with the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources are reaching out to landowners who are interested in improving wildlife habitat on their property. In partnership...

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