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WV conducting deer spotlight surveys

From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

-- During August and September, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section will again conduct spotlight surveys throughout 36 counties to evaluate deer population densities.

“The monitoring of deer population levels throughout the state continues to be an important component of the 2011–2015 West Virginia White-tailed Deer Operational Plan,” according to Game Management Supervisor Gary Foster.  “The spotlight distance sampling methodology is commonly used by state wildlife agencies throughout the country to provide supplemental information on deer population densities.”

Surveys involve sighting deer along randomly selected roads by searching adjacent fields and woods with spotlights. Surveys will not involve the collection of live or dead animals and will not involve personnel entering onto private property. Spotlight surveys will be completed by mid-September.

For additional information, residents should contact the district wildlife biologist at the local DNR district office or at the Elkins office.