Anyone interested in finding out how the Division of Natural Resources manages nuisance black bears and works to prevent white-tailed deer poaching is invited to attend a special program at Beech Fork State Park Aug. 16.
DNR Wildlife Biologist Randy Kelley and Sgt. Terry Ballard, Natural Resources Police Officer, will be on hand for four hours to answer questions and talk about black bears, white-tailed deer and hunting opportunities at wildlife management areas. Kelley and Ballard will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Beech Fork State Park headquarters.
· The “Wall of Shame” is a frequent exhibit at major outdoor shows and will be part of this program. The exhibit features a 200-inch non-typical, 180-inch typical, and many more large buck racks that have been confiscated by West Virginia Natural Resource Police Officers. Sgt. Ballard will answer hunting questions and have hunting regulations available.
· “Black Bear Relocation - How It's Done” is an opportunity to learn how nuisance bears are relocatedwith an explanation ofhow wild animals become problematic.Kelley will be demonstrating a bear trap used for relocating live black bears.
Campers and visitors who attend either program can register and receive a certificate for one free night of autumn camping for use at Beech Fork after Oct. 12, 2014.
“We state parks superintendents see providing public information about hunting and fishing as part of our public service and we encourage hunters to take advantage of the many wildlife management areas across the state,” said Beech Fork State Park Supt. Matt Yeager. “However, we remind the public that hunting is not permitted in state parks.”
Beech Fork State Park offers a variety of activities including hikes, hayrides, corn hole and special events. To learn more about Beech Fork State Park, visit www.beechforksp.com
or call 304-528-5794.