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.

 West Virginia Drivers Should Take Extra Caution to Avoid Deer During the Fall

11/8/2013
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages motorists to be more cautious while driving this time of year, as deer/vehicular collisions increase significantly during the months of October and November.

“West Virginia is blessed with an abundance of wildlife, including a healthy white-tailed deer population,” said Gary Foster, supervisor of Game Management for the DNR. “Although deer are found throughout the state, their population densities vary widely from one region to another. West Virginia’s rural nature and mountainous terrain also contribute to collisions between deer and vehicles, as the highest quality deer habitat is often associated with valleys and bottomlands. These same areas support the majority of the state’s road system.”

Several factors contribute to the increase in deer-vehicular collisions during the fall.

“October and November coincide with the ‘rut’ or peak period of the mating season for deer,” Foster said. “During this time frame, deer movements and activities increase significantly, making deer more vulnerable to collisions with vehicles. On average, 40 percent of deer collisions in West Virginia occur during those two months.”

In addition, many hunters take to the woods each fall in search of their quarry and that can influence the movement patterns of deer, making them more likely to cross roadways. The DNR suggests motorists be extra careful during this time of the year and recommends the following driving tips:

• Be aware of your surroundings and what may be in your peripheral vision. If you see deer in the vicinity, reduce your speed and honk your horn using short blasts.

• Drive with your headlights on, and use high beams when possible.

• Reduce your speed, especially during early morning and late evening hours when deer movements typically increase.

• Do not swerve and leave your lane to avoid a deer collision. If you encounter a deer, apply brakes firmly and attempt to stop.

• Drive defensively.

Contact Information

Gary Foster, Wildlife Resources Section
304-637-0245
DNR.Wildlife@wv.gov