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West Virginia Wildlife
West Virginia Wildlife Center
Katelyn Sykes Visit West Virginia's Wildlife In Their Natural Habitat

June 18, 2014
Reporter: Katelyn Sykes
Videographer: Brad Rice

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Snuggled in French Creek in Upshur County on about 330 acres of land, is the West Virginia Wildlife Center. It’s home to deer, snakes and wolves, just to name a few.

"Everything here is either native or been introduced to West Virginia wildlife," said Kenny Hall of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

It’s a center with a lot of history. It got its start in 1923 as the French Creek Game Farm. In 1986, it went through "the change," and animals were moved into bigger cages and in their natural settings. Today, a mile and a quarter loop takes you through the woods and into the homes of 26 different species of animals.

"I've always said we have the big five: otters, mountain lion, deer, wolves and bear is still the main attraction with the exception of in the fall, the elk are really popular,” Hall said.

Hall said the kids love it. In 2013 alone, more than 100 groups, 60 of which were school groups, visited the center. Families can make it a day trip and can go anytime of the year for a cookout, visit the gift shop or do some fishing at the lake. It only costs $3 for adults and $1.50 for kids between 3-15.

"You can spend the whole afternoon or day here to see wildlife in their natural setting and ask questions, read the interpretive signs and learn more about the wildlife in West Virginia," Hall said.

Some of the animals you wouldn’t find in every backyard in the state, such as the Fisher. It normally lives in higher elevations.

There is a lot to learn, see and experience right here in our backyard, and DNR officials said what better time to visit then now.



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