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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.

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,...

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...

Birds of Prey summer program returns to W.Va. State Parks

Wendy Perrone cares for raptors
Three Rivers Avian Center will present its popular “Wings of Wonder – Birds of Prey” program at 12 West Virginia state parks in summer 2017, introducing audiences...

West Virginia hunters harvest 11,539 spring turkeys in 2017

West Virginia DNR Districts
Spring turkey hunters harvested 11,539 gobblers in 2017, an increase of more than 11 percent over the 2016 harvest, according to preliminary numbers provided...

Migratory Bird Day being celebrated May 13 at Coopers Rock

Overlook at Coopers Rock State Forest
The Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia will celebrate Morgantown Migratory Bird Day on May 13 at Coopers Rock State Forest, according to forest officials. The celebration...

Saturday birding hikes return to Kanawha State Forest

The popular “Birding Around the Sun” nature hikes will return to Kanawha State Forest this May, and, for the third year, the hikes will...

2017 spring gobbler season in West Virginia begins April 17

Spring Gobbler in West Virginia (WV)
Spring gobbler season in West Virginia opens Monday, April 17, and state officials are predicting a good season boosted by the 2016 cicada emergence. Hunters may...

W.Va. launches citizen’s initiative to document timber rattlesnakes

Rattlesnake in West Virginia
Wildlife biologists are asking the public to become involved in a research project aimed at determining the current distribution of timber rattlesnakes in West...

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