Get information about some of West Virginia's most notable animals. Learn more about managing issues associated with wildlife as well.Browse the West Virginia Wildlife Guide
WVU Extension specialists and agents are knowledgeable about wildlife species and how to identify different animals, as well as management practices useful to property owners and residents.
Over the last 50 years, the population of West Virginia's state animal has seen healthy growth. The black bear population in West Virginia is now considered statewide.
The common muskrat is a relatively large, semi-aquatic rodent found in wetlands, streams and other aquatic areas across West Virginia.
The ruffed grouse is a popular game bird found throughout West Virginia. Reliant on forest habitat, ruffed grouse are nonmigratory and active year-round.
Avoiding Snake Encounters
Of the roughly 20 species of snakes found in West Virginia, only two species are venomous: the Timber Rattlesnake and the Northern Copperhead.
The eastern gray squirrel and eastern fox squirrel are common small game species found throughout West Virginia. The red squirrel is most commonly found within the more coniferous forests in the eastern portion of the state.