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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.

Biologists in West Virginia study how to relocate rattlesnakes

A timber rattler peers out from a forest hiding spot.
Biologists with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources have teamed up with Marshall University graduate students to monitor the movement of timber rattlesnakes...

West Virginia launches project to monitor lightning bugs

Lightning buys, also known as fireflies, dart around a backyard in a time-release photograph. (Photo: Mike Lewinski)
In an effort to understand declining firefly populations, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has launched a citizen-science project to track lightning bug...

W.Va. launches citizen science project to document box turtles

An eastern box turtle traverses a lawn in West Virginia. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has launched a citizen science project to track the distribution of eastern box turtles and is asking...

Young wildlife should be left alone, say state biologists

A newborn white-tailed deer rests in a West Virginia woodlands.
West Virginia fields and forests teem with young wildlife in spring, and state biologists are reminding residents and visitors that disturbing young wildlife is...

What have bats to do with the coronavirus outbreak?

Wildlife specialist Sheldon Owen notes that bats are not the chief culprits in zoonotic transmissions.
Densely wooded, West Virginia may be home to more than its share of bats—wheeling in the twilight as they feed on flying insects. But...

Watch for eastern box turtles on West Virginia backroads

An eastern box turtle eyes a cluster of wild strawberries in a West Virginia wood.
Thirteen species of turtle live in West Virginia, though the best known may be the eastern box turtle, which will be on the move...

Two wolves euthanized after escape from W.Va. Wildlife Center

As far as is known, the last eastern wolf roamed West Virginia until it was taken in Webster County in 1897.
Two gray wolves escaped their enclosure at the West Virginia Wildlife Center, near French Creek, West Virginia, according to a spokesperson for the West...

Program helps W.Va. students raise trout, learn about wildlife

West Virginia students learn about trout habitat during a field trip.
Students in West Virginia are learning about environmental stewardship by raising trout in their classroom and releasing them into the wild. The interactive program, called...

Justice announces five-year project to restore bobwhite

Bobwhite were heard across much of West Virginia until the late 1970s.
West Virginia has launched a five-year project to restore northern bobwhite quail, a native species that was decimated during the winters of 1977, 1978,...

Motorists encounter rare sight in southern West Virginia

Cars lined up along a road in the New River Gorge to witness a rare combat.
Motorists visiting the New River Gorge in West Virginia yesterday might have thought they had encountered a two-headed eagle engaged in a fight with...

W.Va. seeks landowners interested in improving wildlife habitat

Resident of old forests, a cerulean warbler perches on a beech.
To help support native wildlife, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is seeking private landowners who are interested in improving habitat on their...

Here's what to do if you cross paths with a black...

A black bear hides in a thicket in rural West Virginia
Spring is here, and that means black bears in West Virginia are coming out of hibernation and searching for food. Because bears are becoming more...

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