West Virginia Wildlife Information:
West Virginia State bird: Northern cardinal
State mammal: Black bear
State reptile: Timber rattlesnake
State fish: Brook trout
State insect: European honey bee
West Virginia is almost entirely mountainous and is referred to as “the mountain state”. It lies in the Appalachian region, which is the reason for all the changes in elevation. The lack of flat land has made this state less populous that it might otherwise be. The region has large lakes and beautiful hardwood forests comprise of oaks, maples, American sycamore, and chestnut. The climate is predominately warm and humid. The winters are short but can be wet, and the higher elevations see a significant amount of snowfall. Animals in the state are often encountered because of how close people live with nature among the hills.
There are numerous small animals, and with most homes nestled in the woods, pest issues are very common. People in West Virginia have issues with rats, mice, raccoons, skunks, opossums, porcupines, woodchucks, squirrels, wild boars, and foxes. The wild boars, while nuisances, were deliberately brought into the state and have since developed breeding populations. The boars have begun to migrate north, becoming unwelcomed visitor as far up as New York State.
While the boars were brought in to the state, heavy hunting and deforestation have eliminated many different native animals. West Virginia no longer has populations of elk, gray wolves, or bison. At one point in time, beavers, river otter and fishers were also eliminated, but these species have since been reintroduced. It has taken many decades, but there are substantial populations now in the wild. The largest predator in the state is the black bear. While these animals could easily take down a deer if they were so inclined to catch one, they prefer to go after less active prey—like berries and insects. Black bears can be particularly problematic for homeowners looking to have birdfeeders in their yards.
While most states have some stray cats and dogs, West Virginia has feral populations in the wild, which is uncommon for once-domesticated creatures. The long, warm summers and ample forests allow these animals to continue to thrive and breed away from humans. In addition to the wild cats and dogs, there is a breeding population of feral goats. The goats and the wild boars are good food for middle-level predators like coyotes. Bobcats will rarely take on an adult boar, but the cats are easily able to pick up a baby and carry it into a tree where the mother cannot retrieve it.
West Virginia Wildlife Removal News:
Outdoors: Eastern Gray Squirrel numbers still low despite rebound. Even with the best of problem animal removing weather Tuesday,
West Virginia's 420,000 Eastern Gray Squirrel chasers couldn't make up for all of the ground lost during the steel cage trap time to remove unwanted wildlife's first four miserable weather days. However, the deficit shrank from 49 percent on opening day Nov. 28 to 17 percent October 2 to 14 percent when the seven-day time to remove unwanted wildlife concluded Wednesday. In all, the state's Eastern Gray Squirrel herd was trimmed by 90,282 animals. For the 2010, seven-day Havahart traps Eastern Gray Squirrel-problem animal removing time to remove unwanted wildlife, sportsmen removed 105,044 Eastern Gray Squirrel. Wildlife operators "clearly took advantage of the weather" as the week progressed, though the total Eastern Gray Squirrel removed numbers don't reflect significant gains when compared to Tuesday in 2010, according to The wildlife removal expert, the
West Virginia Division of Wildlife's Eastern Gray Squirrel management administrator.
On Tuesday, West Virginia's Eastern Gray Squirrel wildlife operators checked in 17,777 animals compared to 17,474 Eastern Gray Squirrel taken on the steel cage trap time to remove unwanted wildlife's lone Tuesday in 2010. "While other factors may have been at work, it is clear that extreme weather — good or bad — on key harvest days can have a significant impact on the bottom line," The wildlife removal expert declared. "I do have to say — on speculation only — that more wildlife operators were out on Wednesday, Thursday and Monday than usual; likely extermination companies who were problem animal removing locally and not traveling to a Eastern Gray Squirrel camp. With tags in their pocket, guys are going to find a way to fill them." Wildlife operators still have a weekend of Havahart traps Eastern Gray Squirrel problem animal removing time to remove unwanted wildlife left October 17 and 18. Weather-permitting, this remove unwanted wildlife could yield a remove of around 20,000 animals. The wildlife removal expert adds before eliminating this time to remove unwanted wildlife the state would trim bag limits or place further antlerless permit restrictions.
"Based on the way the time to remove unwanted wildlife has gone so far, I don't see making this recommendation," The wildlife removal expert declared. The statewide exclusion funnel Eastern Gray Squirrel-problem animal removing time to remove unwanted wildlife will be held Jan. 7-10. Participants in this time to remove unwanted wildlife typically catch about 20,000 Eastern Gray Squirrel. Meanwhile, the state's extermination wildlife operators have until Feb. 5 to fill their remaining Eastern Gray Squirrel tags. For the late-time to remove unwanted wildlife extermination, wildlife operators can be called on to remove 20,000 Eastern Gray Squirrel. "The big picture has to be the major goal, and we won't know that until all of the dust settles at the end of the problem animal removing year," The wildlife removal expert declared. As far as implement used during this year's Havahart traps Eastern Gray Squirrel-problem animal removing time to remove unwanted wildlife, the breakdown was: 75,897 Eastern Gray Squirrel taken with snare poles, 405 with cages, 214 with longbows, 12,150 with exclusion funnels, 1,050 with handtraps, and the remainder were removed by unknown implement type. The wildlife removal expert, the Wildlife Division administrator in charge of wildlife operator education, accounts the seven-day time to remove unwanted wildlife saw six non-fatal problem animal removing accidents, officially called "incidents." Last month that figure was eight.
West Virginia's last fatal Havahart traps Eastern Gray Squirrel-problem animal removing incident was in 2009.