West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Canadian Man Fined for Unlawful Capture and Transportation of West Virginia Turtles

12/13/2013
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – David C. Matton, a resident of Windsor, Ontario, paid more than $2,200 in fines after being charged by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Environment Canada for violations of regulations protecting turtles. Matton purchased wood turtles in West Virginia and transported them in foreign commerce in violation of the Lacey Act. In addition, he exported turtles into Canada without the necessary declarations and Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) permits.

The investigation was conducted by the Service Office of Law Enforcement in conjunction with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and Environment Canada. The investigation took place from 2009 to 2013, and the U.S. fines were paid in November 2013.

Wood turtles occur in West Virginia and the northeastern United States and there is concern about them among wildlife biologists due to population declines. Wood turtles are listed as Appendix II to CITES and are considered Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Investigators determined that Matton had traveled to West Virginia and other states where he unlawfully captured turtles from the wild, including box turtles and a gopher tortoise, for his personal collection. Matton also unlawfully purchased wood turtles from a covert agent and transported them back to Ontario. During the investigation, Matton told a covert agent he had captured 15 box turtles in two hours in the state of Indiana. Environment Canada is considering additional charges regarding Matton’s alleged unlawful activities.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has established reptile and amphibian regulations that make it unlawful to possess certain reptiles and amphibians and places restrictions on the transportation of the more common reptiles and amphibians and also the taking and possession of reptiles and amphibians by non-residents of West Virginia.

Contact Information

Lt. Col. Jerry Jenkins, WVDNR Law Enforcement Section or Brice Findley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
304-558-2784 or 304-636-6586
DNR.Law@wv.gov or bryce_findley@fws.gov