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 Hunters Harvest 2,007 Black Bears in 2011

1/18/2012
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia hunters harvested 2,007 black bears during the combined 2011 archery and firearms seasons, according to Paul Johansen, assistant chief in charge of game management for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The preliminary harvest data for the combined 2011 seasons was 16 percent lower than the record harvest of 2,392 established in 2010. The 2011 black bear harvest is the third highest in West Virginia history.

“As predicted in the 2011 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook brochure, mast conditions had a tremendous influence on the distribution of this year’s bear harvest,” said Johansen. “Lower mast availability in 2011 allowed archers to pattern bears more effectively and led to an increased archery harvest. However, a shortage of fall foods drives bears to den earlier, which leads to a lower firearms harvest in the traditional December season. The firearm harvest for bears remained steady compared to previous years because of the early firearms seasons. These early seasons are designed to ensure that counties remain at their management goal.”

Hunters took 619 bears during the 2011 archery season. The top five counties were Randolph (70), Preston (56), Nicholas (44), Webster (41) and Wyoming (34).

Firearm hunters harvested 1,388 bears during 2011. Hunters took 631 bears in September, 76 during the concurrent buck/bear season, and 681 during the traditional December season. Top five counties were Randolph (148), Greenbrier (141), Pendleton (132), Pocahontas (112) and Webster (110).

2011 WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEAR HARVEST

County

Archery

September

Buck Gun

December

Total

Barbour

19

4

0

8

31

Brooke

0

0

0

0

0

Hancock

0

0

0

0

0

Harrison

0

0

0

0

0

Marion

4

0

0

0

4

Marshall

1

0

0

0

1

Monongalia

4

0

0

0

4

Ohio

0

0

0

0

0

Preston

56

46

0

27

129

Taylor

4

0

0

0

4

Tucker

27

24

0

39

90

Wetzel

2

0

0

1

3

Dist. I Subtotal

117

74

0

75

266

Berkeley

2

0

0

0

2

Grant

20

29

0

39

88

Hampshire

15

0

0

4

19

Hardy

25

42

0

57

124

Jefferson

1

0

0

0

1

Mineral

10

0

0

8

18

Morgan

2

0

3

2

7

Pendleton

14

41

0

91

146

Dist. II Subtotal

89

112

3

201

405

Braxton

7

12

0

7

26

Clay

8

1

0

19

28

Lewis

3

0

0

2

5

Nicholas

44

29

21

26

120

Pocahontas

15

50

0

62

127

Randolph

70

51

0

97

218

Upshur

5

0

0

3

8

Webster

41

60

0

50

151

Dist. III Subtotal

193

203

21

266

683

Fayette

32

38

14

14

98

Greenbrier

29

68

0

73

170

McDowell

15

20

0

12

47

Mercer

15

0

0

2

17

Monroe

14

0

0

7

21

Raleigh

31

26

8

6

71

Summers

12

0

0

1

13

Wyoming

34

14

0

1

49

Dist. IV Subtotal

182

166

22

116

486

Boone

9

25

14

7

55

Cabell

1

0

0

0

1

Kanawha

9

36

16

12

73

Lincoln

0

0

0

0

0

Logan

7

15

0

2

24

Mason

0

0

0

0

0

Mingo

1

0

0

1

2

Putnam

0

0

0

0

0

Wayne

0

0

0

0

0

Dist. V Subtotal

27

76

30

22

155

Calhoun

4

0

0

0

4

Doddridge

1

0

0

0

1

Gilmer

3

0

0

0

3

Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

Pleasants

0

0

0

0

0

Ritchie

1

0

0

1

2

Roane

2

0

0

0

2

Tyler

0

0

0

0

0

Wirt

0

0

0

0

0

Wood

0

0

0

0

0

Dist. VI Subtotal

11

0

0

1

12

State Total

619

631

76

681

2007

 

 

Contact Information

Paul Johansen, Wildlife Resources Section
304-558-2771
DNR.Wildlife@wv.gov