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West Virginia Wildlife
Wildlife Center
Patrick McMurtry Open 365 Days A Year

January 1, 2014
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice

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The weather's cold outside, it's kind of gloomy, this is a perfect day to load up the family and head to Upshur County and check out the WV State Wildlife Center. You see, these cold temperatures brings some hot deals, and no matter what day you go, it's going to be open. Gene Thorn, the director of the Wildlife Center explains why The Division of Natural Resources keeps the center open during the winter months.

"Some people might not know, but we're open 365 days a year at the Wildlife Center. We go to 9-3 winter hours after October 31."

Just because you might not get outside too much in the winter, don't think the animals don't like a little snap in the air. Many of the beautiful creatures you'll see here actually love it when the temperature starts falling.

"Most of our animals are nocturnal and like cold weather. They are actually more active in the winter months than they are in the heat of the summer when they like to lay down. The bears would be up and moving around, the bobcats are nocturnal, the mountain lions are nocturnal." says Thorn.

So in addition to seeing the animals a little more active, and finding a reason to get your family out of the house on a winter day, we have another reason that you can't pass up-, you can go for nothing!

"It's free after October 1st through March 31st, then we're back to a paid schedule. we want to keep it open and let people come and enjoy it. We have winter quarters for the animals and let them come and go as they please."

With free admission for the next few months, you can almost do the same and it won't cost you a dime.



LEARN MORE at the W. Va. DNR


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