Wildlife

Greenland Gap
Nature Conservancy / WV Humanities Council

The West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund says it's accepting grant applications for land-protection projects with up to $1.2 million that may be awarded.

Deer
Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

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.

Deer
Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

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.

Deer
Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

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.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A new art installation appeared in Jefferson County, Saturday: Three big, concrete bees were installed on the grounds of Craftworks at Cool Spring. Craftworks is a nature preserve and an art studio located just outside of Charles Town.

Deer
Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

  Hunters killed fewer deer during Morgantown's 2014 urban archery hunt than they did the previous year.

The city said Thursday that 105 deer were killed during the four-month hunt that ended Dec. 31. That's down from 137 deer killed in 2013.

Local shelters and kitchens received 853 pounds of ground venison from 35 deer donated during the 2014 hunt.

Mike Cline / wikimedia Commons

Streams and lakes across West Virginia will be stocked with about 42,000 pounds of trout during the next two weeks.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources began its fall trout stockings on Tuesday. Trout stockings will continue next week. Nine lakes and 25 streams will be stocked.

Wildlife resources chief Curtis Taylor says in a news release that information about trout stockings will be posted first on the DNR's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wildlifewv , at 2:30 p.m. each day. The information will be posted on the DNR's website, www.wvdnr.gov, and on the Fishing Hotline, 304-558-3399, an hour later.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin named new heads for two sections of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Sam England will be the new chief of the Parks and Recreation section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, and Jerry Jenkins is the chief of the Law Enforcement section.

Bengal Tiger
FlickreviewR / flickr

  A board asked to produce a list of animals that are illegal to keep as pets in West Virginia plans to amend an earlier list after receiving public comments.

The original list developed by the Wild and Dangerous Animal Board includes chimpanzees, crocodiles, giraffes, elephants, piranha, and several types of pythons. But it also includes some types of birds, turtles, tetra fish and geckos.

The Charleston Gazette reports the board Thursday decided to have a subcommittee work on a compromise.

Deer
Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

 Hunters can apply for a controlled deer hunt at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory site in Green Bank.

The Division of Natural Resources says a drawing will be held for the hunt, which will be conducted in four areas on Oct. 17 and 18. Applications are due by Aug. 1 and are available at DNR district offices or at the observatory.

The hunting areas will be designated for bow, muzzleloader and shotgun, or muzzleloader only.

Bison
West Virginia Wildlife Center

The West Virginia Wildlife Center in French Creek has announced its newest resident: a female bison calf. The calf, born Friday, May 2, joins the many animals native to West Virginia that are on display at the Wildlife Center. 

“A bison calf can walk almost immediately after birth, albeit a bit wobbly,” said Rob Silvester, wildlife biologist for the Wildlife Center in a news release. “It will begin to nurse within minutes as well. The calf will nurse for four to six months before beginning to nibble on grass and grain.”

Bengal Tiger
FlickreviewR / flickr

  State officials want to ensure West Virginians aren't making pets out of animals better suited for Africa than Appalachia.

State regulators are responding to a 2011 Ohio release of wild animals by determining what types of wildlife will be illegal for people to own. A draft list in the works.

Residents who already have soon-to-be-illegal creatures won't lose them if they follow a new permitting process.

Whipporwhill
Terry Sohl

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is looking for whip-poor-wills.

DNR officials are worried that the bird is declining in population and so they are reaching out to the public to get a better sense of Whip-poor-will presence throughout West Virginia.

The bird's really hard to spot since its grey, black and brown coloring act as a camouflage. But the call is unmistakable.

Morgantown Changing the Way Deer Are Discovered

Apr 2, 2014
Creative Commons Photo

West Virginia’s got a lot of deer within its borders, and they can be a burden. For instance, the state’s vehicle collision rate with deer is one of the highest in the nation, according to a study by State Farm Insurance. In Morgantown, new technology is being used to monitor these animals.

You see them while driving along the interstate. You’ll catch them in your residential neighborhoods, eating vegetables from your garden.

JaGa / wikimedia Commons

A bald eagle has survived a collision with an Amtrak train in the New River Gorge.
 
Wendy Perrone with the Three Rivers Avian Center tells the Charleston Gazette that the female eagle is the mate of a male eagle that was hit by another Amtrak train in 2013.
 

Kingfisher Ireland's Wild River
Nature

The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and longest river. It is both a barrier and highway – a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east.

It's on display on West Virginia PBS during Nature:Ireland's Wild River on Thursday, March 5 at 8 p.m.

On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes, where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else.