Sunday, September 27, 2020


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

Beyond D.C. lights, bobcats roam the West Virginia hills

A bobcat perches on a tree limb in the mountains of West Virginia. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.
On the western edge of the D.C. metro, elusive bobcats roam the darkness in the hills of West Virginia. Just how many, state biologists...

“Snakes of West Virginia” program coming to Holly River State Park

Holly River State Park will host "Snakes of West Virginia," a family program investigating native West Virginia snakes, at 2 p.m. on July 6,...

Fifty elk to be released "softly" into W.Va. in re-populaton effort

More than 20 calves could join the herd of elk being released in W.Va.
Fifty elk will be released "softly" into the mountains of southern West Virginia this summer in an effort to reestablish the animal in its...

Bear in all 55 W.Va. counties; officials warn, "Do not feed!"

A black bear hides in a thicket in rural West Virginia
Black bears are now found in all 55 counties in West Virginia, and officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources are warning residents...

Invasive snakehead fish dumped in Berkeley County stream

Invasive Northern Snakehead dumped in Opequon Creek according to state, federal officials.
The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources and U.S. Geological Survey have confirmed that a northern snakehead fish was killed in another body of water...

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...

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