West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

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West Virginia wildlife officials say an online interactive map with information about hunting and fishing around the state has been updated.

Division of Natural Resources Director Stephen McDaniel says the map at www.wvdnr.gov can be useful for hikers and boaters as well.

Golden Rainbow Trout, Trout
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Some lakes and streams in West Virginia will receive special stockings of golden rainbow trout next year.

The Division of Natural Resources says the releases will be held in early April to lead off the spring trout stocking season.

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West Virginia's elk population dropped to 22 after two elk collided with an ambulance.

News outlets report a calf and an elk died after they jumped over the median on U.S. 119 and collided with an ambulance Monday morning. No patients were in the ambulance and the two ambulance personnel were unharmed.

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A year after flooding severely damaged the Greenbrier River Trail in West Virginia, all 78 miles of it has reopened.

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West Virginia wildlife officials say 60 elk will come to the state next year through a partnership with their counterparts in Arizona.

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has approved capture of five dozen elk to be transported east as part of West Virginia's ongoing elk restoration project.

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West Virginia wildlife officials say hunters killed 11,539 turkeys this spring, up 11 percent from last year.

The Division of Natural Resources says that's the largest harvest since 2006.

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West Virginia's Division of Natural Resources is urging people to avoid getting close to young wildlife for the welfare of the animals and themselves.

Tyler Evans, a wildlife biologist, says handling baby animals leaves behind a human scent that may attract predators and potentially exposes people to wildlife-borne diseases and parasites like rabies, ticks and lice.

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has stopped a pilot project to start charging entrance fees at seven West Virginia state parks and forests.

Justice called the decision to charge a $2 daily fee starting Memorial Day weekend an error made without his approval.

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Entrance passes will be required starting Memorial Day weekend at seven West Virginia state parks and forests.

The Division of Natural Resources says in a news release that the money generated from the pilot project will be used for park maintenance and upkeep.

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Wildlife officials are asking West Virginians to let them know when they see timber rattlesnakes as part of a scientific project to determine their current distribution in the state.

According to the Division of Natural Resources, rattlesnakes are a critical part of healthy forest ecosystems and hunt mice and chipmunks, helping reduce the human risk of contracting Lyme disease and other diseases spread by the small mammals.

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The 12th annual state Archery in the Schools Tournament is set for this week.

The Division of Natural Resources says in a news release the tournament will be held Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center. Students from 51 schools and groups will compete.

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A bill that would exempt the mass release of West Virginia hunters' contact information to the public is making its way through the state Legislature.

With little debate, the Senate Natural Resources Committee forwarded the bill Monday to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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West Virginia officials are working on a plan to help anglers catch larger trout in the wild.

Division of Natural Resources trout biologist Dave Thorne tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the agency is examining its management plans for both wild trout and trout that are brought in on stocking trucks.

Whiterwater Rafting Gauley River
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West Virginia's whitewater rafting industry saw a 2.3 percent drop in visitors last year compared with 2015.

State Division of Natural Resources figures show traffic on the New, Gauley and other West Virginia rivers totaled 131,028 customers in 2016, down 3,054 customers from the year before.

Deer
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West Virginia wildlife officials are seeking looser hunting regulations for deer and bears.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Division of Natural Resources officials proposed a list of changes at the state Natural Resources Commission's meeting Sunday.

West Milford Dam
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Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a businessman, hunter and fisherman to be director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

According to the governor's office, Bridgeport native Stephen McDaniel helped establish and expand a family medical supply business, Total Health Services of WV.

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West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has requested original color wildlife paintings for the 2018 edition of its wildlife calendar.

According to the division, paintings may depict popular fish or game or West Virginia's other wildlife, such as snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders, bats, songbirds and small mammals.

Deer
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State wildlife officials say hunters killed 112,384 white-tailed deer in West Virginia during the recently completed hunting seasons.

They say hunters took 3,012 black bears, slightly fewer than the record set in 2015.

Preliminary data show West Virginia hunters took 2,066 turkeys this fall, up more than 80 percent from last year.

The state Division of Natural Resources says all 55 counties were open to a fall season for the first time in recent history.

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources West Virginia's spring gobbler season runs from April 27 through May 23, 2015
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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has made several changes to the state's hunting regulations.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the changes will alter the hunting seasons of squirrels and turkeys and will redefine the meaning of bear baiting.

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