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News Release: July 31, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov


Gary Foster, WVDNR Supervisor of Game Management 304-637-0245 Gary.M.Foster@wv.gov

Division of Natural Resources to Conduct Deer Spotlight Surveys in August and September

            ELKINS, W.Va. - Over the next several weeks the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section will again be conducting spotlight surveys throughout 36 counties to evaluate deer population densities, according to Game Management Supervisor Gary Foster. 

            “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,” said 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 will 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, please contact the district wildlife biologist at your local DNR district office or contact the DNR Elkins office.