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Wildlife

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.

Wildlife Guide

A hoary bat hanging upside down from tree branch

Bats

There are at least 12 species of bats in West Virginia. West Virginia bats range in size from the eastern small-footed myotis to the hoary bat.

Benefits of Bats
bluejay eating peanuts on the snow

Birds

When left unmanaged, bird feeders can cause disease spread, attract exotic species, such as European Starlings.

Backyard Feeding Basics

Coyotes

West Virginia has an annual regulated trapping season where coyotes can be harvested, along with a continuous open hunting season on coyotes.

two female white-tailed deer, one runs away

Deer


female white-tail deer in a lawn area about to eat shurbs

Deer Damage


male and femal feral swine with young in a late winter grassy area

Feral Swine

Feral swine make up one of the two populations of “wild pigs” that exist within West Virginia; the other population is wild boar.

habitat including stream and wooded area

Habitats


black and orange monarch butterfly on clover

Milkweed and Monarch Conservation

 
A muskrat eating next to a water source.

Muskrats

 
copperhead snake

Avoiding Snake Encounters

 
Meadow Vole

Voles

 

Wildlife Issues

Rabies