VIRGINIA WILDLIFE

Stories about Virginia’s wild and wonderful creatures

The frequently asked questions page on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' website says it best."Feral hogs are four-legged ecological disasters."Earlier this week the “30-50 feral hogs” meme swarmed the internet, an unexpected by-product of the nationwide gun debate.But in many parts of the country, including Virginia,...
The cause of the seven cows’ deaths wasn’t immediately clear.All of the animals died between late summer and fall of 2017 in Albemarle County, the prosperous, semi-agricultural county that surrounds the city of Charlottesville. Another cow on the property, sick but alive, was found with signs of anemia, weakness...
WISE — For most people, spotting an elk in the wild sparks excitement and awe. That’s especially so in southwestern Virginia, where elk have only recently been reintroduced after an absence of more than 150 years. For farmers and cattlemen, however, the sight of elk inspires something else: fear and dread.“If...
George Washington had few dietary preferences, save one: he was “excessively fond” of fish.Luckily for the president, his perch at Mount Vernon afforded him an easy opportunity to indulge.The Potomac, he recorded in 1793, was “well-stocked with various kinds of fish in all Seasons of the year,...
Spring is so wonderful — blooming flowers, singing birds and visits from our friends, the snakes.These reptilian Rip Van Winkles are up from their long winter naps and moving, looking for food and mates.One just might find you by mistake.It doesn’t have to be a big deal. Believe it...
With stock assessments showing declines for the Atlantic’s prized striped bass population, Virginia last week closed its spring recreational season for trophy-sized fish ahead of possible action by the regional council that oversees fisheries along the coast.The emergency closure, which received unanimous support from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission,...