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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.

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...

W.Va. DNR reports increased nuisance bear activity

Bears are infiltrating urban and suburban areas in remarkable numbers.
Due to an increase in nuisance bear activity being reported in West Virginia, biologists with the state Division of Natural Resources is asking residents...

W.Va. biologists urge citizen participation in firefly project

Fireflies dance in a field in Nicholas County, West Virginia.
In an effort to understand declining firefly populations, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is inviting the public to participate in a citizen...

W.Va. Wildlife Center resumes regular hours, rates

A baby raccoon closely watches photographer Gary Bendig. (Photo courtesy Gary Bendig)
The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources announces that the West Virginia Wildlife Center at French Creek has resumed regular admission rates and hours of...

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...

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