Wildlife

State spring gobbler season forecast promising

April 1st, 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 16th, 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 12th, 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 11th, 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 4th, 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.

Park funds pollinator research project

February 23rd, 2015

Shenandoah National Park has announced the first project under a new research grant program, according to a Feb. 20 news release.

Bill to allow remote trapping regulations

February 19th, 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.

Constant battle

Rolf Gubler, biologist and forest pest manager for Shenandoah National Park, stands beside an emerald  ash tree in the picnic area near the  Dickey Ridge Visitor Center on Skyline Drive. This tree has been treated for the emerald ash borer beetle.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 8th, 2015

National Parks are seemingly always faced with non-native, invasive species that threaten the ecological livelihood of protected land.

Coyote lottery plans advance

February 8th, 2015

WOODSTOCK — A private lottery in which prizes will be awarded for killing coyotes in Shenandoah County took another step forward on Saturday.

Bear necessities

These three bear cubs were discovered in Basye.  Staff from the Virginia Wildlife Services found them a new den and mother to live with. Courtesy photo

February 2nd, 2015

Three 3-week-old black bear cubs have been safely returned to the wilderness.

Bounty in Warren aims to limit coyotes

Warren County, one of the few counties in Virginia that has a program to pay residents for killing coyotes, a non-native species classified as a nuisance animal.   Courtesy photo

January 23rd, 2015

Warren County, one of the few counties in Virginia that has a program to pay residents for killing coyotes, has spent several thousand dollars in bounties for coyotes over the last 15 years.

Local coalition opposes natural gas pipeline

January 15th, 2015

Friends of the Shenandoah Mountain, a coalition of organizations pushing for a new scenic area, is voicing concerns regarding the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.