Saturday, April 21, 2018


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

DNR: West Virginia hunters harvested 108,160 deer in 2017

Deer crossing rural road in West Virginia
Preliminary counts indicate hunters harvested 108,160 white-tailed deer in West Virginia during the 2017 hunting seasons. The 2017 harvest was four percent below the...

Eagle population in West Virginia growing

Bald eagle populations are growing in West Virginia
West Virginia's eagle population is growing, according to a spokesman for the state's "Eagle Brigade," which is conducting a survey of eagles and other...

With changes, W.Va. trout stocking begins Jan. 2

A trout is released into a West Virginia stream
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will start its 2018 trout stocking season January 2, though two stocking locales will be added to the...

West Virginia’s buck, antlerless-deer seasons open Nov. 20

White-tailed Buck
West Virginia’s traditional buck firearms season will start Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, and run through Dec. 2. Hunters should see plenty of deer this year due to...

State to poll residents regarding black bears in W.Va.

A black bear hides in a thicket in rural West Virginia
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is conducting a study of state residents’ opinions on and attitudes toward black bears and black bear...

Heron Festival set for Oct. 14 at Beech Fork State Park

Heron at Beech Fork State Park
Beech Fork State Park near Huntington, W.Va., will host its 2017 Heron Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14. A celebration of one of the park's most...

40 percent of deer-vehicle collisions occur Oct.-Dec.

Deer crossing rural road in West Virginia
Officials at the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are urging motorists to use extra cautious while driving in the fall when vehicle collisions...

Redesigned interactive hunting and fishing map of West Virginia available

An updated, online interactive map that provides valuable information on hunting and fishing adventures in West Virginia is now accessible on smartphones and tablets,...

Mysterious worm invasion wreaked havoc in Wetzel County, W.Va, in 1918

Wetzel County Worm Invasion
Who could forget the great Wetzel County worm invasion of 1918? Apparently, a great many. Few may remember the tale beyond what they'd been told...

W.Va. DNR: be wary when encountering river otters

Two people recently were bitten by a river otter while boating on Dunkard Creek in Monongalia County near Mason-Dixon Historical Park, according to a...

Saturday hike planned to “Island of Dead” on New River

Hikers peer into a coke oven on New River
The National Park Service has scheduled a four-hour hike Saturday, June 10, to the legendary Red Ash Island cemetery on the New River and...

“Cool” June events beckon guests to Canaan Valley Resort

Panorama of Canaan Valley
From a festival dedicated to avian species of the Alleghenies to a two-day celebration of native Irish road bowling, many "cool" opportunities beckon travelers to the...

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