Wildlife

Local groups react to Clean Water rule

May 29, 2015

Wednesday’s ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency caused a wide range of reactions from environmental groups to farming agencies and politicians.

Beekeepers to meet, discuss pollinators

May 28, 2015

Rusty Foltz, president of the Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah, is among the growing masses in America seeking answers to declining honeybee populations.

High-tech matchmaking

A 2-year-old cheetah walks around a  fenced-in area at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s in Front Royal.    Rich Cooley/Daily

May 10, 2015

Paul Marinari, senior curator for the Center for Species Survival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, jokingly likened a trip around the 3,200-square foot institute near Front Royal to the classic Steven Spielberg film “Jurassic Park.”

A living laboratory

Red pandas eat bamboo for a morning snack at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal. The pair, resting inside a hammock made of old fire hoses, will soon be going to a zoo in Chicago.  Rich Cooley/Daily

May 8, 2015

Driving along scenic Route 522, south of Historic Front Royal, one can catch faint hints of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s campus through the hillside trees.

Wasting disease prompts extreme measures

April 26, 2015

With fawn season approach quickly for whitetail deer, the conversation of deer population management might have a different tone with the slowly expanding threat of chronic wasting disease.

Lights, camera, action

A black bear cub that was rescued in Edinburg is shown with one of the rehabilitators at the Wildlife Center of Virginia.   Courtesy photo

April 23, 2015

Residents and wildlife enthusiasts now have the opportunity to witness the rehabilitation of three black bear cubs first-hand.

State spring gobbler season forecast promising

April 1, 2015

The spring gobbler season is fast approaching hunters statewide, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is expecting better harvest numbers for 2015.

A rare breed, indeed

This tiny poison dart frog is smaller than a dime.   Photo courtesy of Smithsonian National Zoo

March 16, 2015

Researchers with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal recently helped in the successful captive breeding of a rare Panamanian species of poison dart frog.

Duck in recovery at wildlife center

This is a photo of a bluebill duck (lesser scaup) that is being rehabilitated at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. It was discovered by conservation officers with the department of game and inland fisheries and transported to the center Feb. 20. Its bill was cracked and damaged and its wing was frozen when the officers found him. Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge Wildlife Center

March 12, 2015

Conservation police officers from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries recently rescued a bluebill duck — or lesser scaup — after discovering it immobile on Stoney Creek in Edinburg.

Fall hunting data released by state

March 11, 2015

Fall harvest numbers were down for deer and turkey, but increased for bears in 2014, according to data from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Deer disease detected in Shenandoah County

March 4, 2015

The slow progression of chronic wasting disease has made its way to Shenandoah County, and two positive cases were detected in Frederick County, near the West Virginia state line.

Bill to allow remote trapping regulations

February 19, 2015

A bill passed by the Virginia General Assembly this week will allow the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to set regulations regarding remote trapping.