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.

 Trappers and Hunters Must Tag Furbearers

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s trapping season will open Nov. 2, 2013. Trappers harvesting beaver, bobcat, fisher, and otter are reminded they must present the whole animal or pelt to a game checking station or Division of Natural Resources (DNR) representative within 30 days after the close of the respective season. A tag provided by the checking station shall be attached to the whole animal or pelt until it has been sold, tanned, or mounted.

Information provided by hunters or trappers on the checking tag is used to monitor the annual harvest and to assist in future management of these different species. Decisions regarding season length, opening and closing dates, and bag limits are reliant upon accurate data obtained from these tags.

State law no longer requires bobcat hunters and trappers to field tag each bobcat before moving the animal from the location where it was killed. Hunters and trappers are to present the unskinned bobcat when checking the animal.

This is the third year that otters may be trapped in the state. Trappers must deliver skinned otter carcasses to DNR district offices. Biological samples collected will assist biologists in making decisions regarding future trapping seasons.
DNR advises trappers to obtain a CITES seal for each bobcat and otter pelt from animals harvested in West Virginia. The plastic seal is necessary only if the pelts are to be shipped out of the state. Federal law requires the seal on all bobcat and otter pelts if they will eventually be shipped to international markets such as those in Canada. The seals must be obtained from the state where the animals were harvested.

CITES stands for Convention International Trade Endangered Species. Bobcats and river otters are not endangered species, but may be confused with similar looking species that may be found on the international market. These seals may be obtained from the Elkins Operations Center and any DNR district office. Calling ahead is advised to ensure that personnel authorized to provide seal pelts will be available.

Contact Information

Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief