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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

 Sale of live foxes permitted in West Virginia

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia trappers will be allowed to sell live foxes to hound coursing pens in West Virginia during the 2013-2014 trapping season, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Section. All foxes used in hound-coursing pens must be live-trapped in the county in which the pen is located.

“This action will help to avoid any additional westward spread of rabies and reduce the possibility of moving diseased animals across the state,” Taylor said. “In addition, since raccoon are the primary carriers of the raccoon strain of rabies, the sale of live raccoon remains suspended for the 2013-2014 trapping season.”

Hound coursing pens are licensed in West Virginia and regulated by best management standards which are designed to promote humane treatment of the wild animals being pursued. Trappers are urged to use extreme care when handling live animals due to the dangers of exposure to rabies and other diseases. Live animals may only be held by trappers during the trapping season and 60 days thereafter. Live foxes shall be held according to temporary or permanent housing requirements as specified by law.

Please contact your local DNR district wildlife biologist for more information about the sale of live foxes. DNR offices are located in Farmington (304-825-6787), Romney (304-822-3551), French Creek (304-924-6211), Beckley (304-256-6947), Point Pleasant (304-675-0871) and Parkersburg (304-420-4550).

Contact Information

Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief