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Black Bear Motor Vehicle License Plate Available

West Virginia motorists now have an additional opportunity to showcase their support of the state's wildlife and wildlife programs. Motor vehicle owners may purchase the latest wildlife license plate featuring a black bear and her cub looking over Dolly Sods in Tucker County As with the earlier rose-breasted grosbeak and white-tailed deer plates, the proceeds are earmarked to help fund wildlife conservation and education projects.

The new "Black Bear Plate" is now available at each of the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles' 24 regional offices. The cost of each plate is $55 for the first year. Renewal cost for subsequent years is $45. Fifteen dollars of each purchase goes to the DNR Wildlife Diversity Program to help conserve and protect the state's nongame animal species and rare plants, improve distribution of educational materials to schools and libraries, develop wildlife viewing areas for state residents and visitors, and support many other programs designed to educate the public about the state's wildlife resources.

Division of Natural Resources Director Bob Fala noted, "These unique black bear plates are a wonderful opportunity for West Virginians to show their pride in our state's natural wildlife and beauty." Sales of the wildlife license plates bring in approximately $350,000 annually to the Wildlife Diversity Program. Like the other two plates, the black bear plate features beautiful painted artwork by the late DNR wildlife biologist and artist Tom Allen.

Additional information about this new plate is available by calling the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles at 1-800-642-9066.

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