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Wildlife

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

W.Va. governor to speak at elk-release event near Logan

Fifty elk will be released in the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area
The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources will host a public ceremony May 15 to introduce 50 elk recently acquired from Arizona. Gov. Jim Justice and...

Remarkable avian guests visit West Virginia in winter

A Snowy Owl crouches in grass
Winter is the only season in which several remarkable species are present in West Virginia, and nearly every storm brings new avian visitors. One...

Public invited to Groundhog Day fest at W.Va. Wildlife Center

French Creek Freddie is inviting the public to join him Feb 2 at French Creek.
West Virginia’s official weather-predicting groundhog, French Creek Freddie will leave his den Feb. 2 to predict the approach of spring and is inviting visitors...

DNR reports second highest bear kill in W.Va. history

A black bear hides in a thicket in rural West Virginia
Hunters in West Virginia harvested 3,160 black bears during the combined 2017 archery and firearms seasons, which is the second highest recorded bear kill...

W.Va. DNR seeks wildlife paintings for 2019 calendar

Re-introduced to West Virginia, an elk is featured on the front of the new W.Va. DNR wildlife calendar.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is requesting original color wildlife paintings for the 2019 edition of the award-winning West Virginia Wildlife Calendar....

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...

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