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Scott Shalaway: Mammals on my mind

While vacationing in New Mexico recently, I observed some chipmunks at the top of Sandia Peak in Albuquerque. I knew they couldn’t be eastern chipmunks, but I had no idea what species they might be. The tram staff at the top of the mountain was...

DNR: It’s “really, really critical” to get this year’s hunting-regulations booklet

It usually isn’t big news when West Virginia’s hunting-regulations booklet becomes available every July.

This year is different.

Changes in regulations and procedures make it “really, really critical” that...

Scott Shalaway: Mammals on my mind

While vacationing in New Mexico recently, I observed some chipmunks at the top of Sandia Peak in Albuquerque. I knew they couldn’t be eastern chipmunks, but I had no idea what species they might be. The tram staff at the top of the mountain was ...

Scott Shalaway: A bird’s-eye view of summer reading

Whether on a beach, a cabin back porch, or even a hammock at home, nothing beats relaxing with an entertaining book on summer vacation. For the last 20 years I’ve favored mysteries and thrillers with conservation themes.

It began with...

Nature writer/broadcaster Shalaway receives nature award

Nature writer, radio broadcaster and Gazette-Mail columnist Scott Shalaway was named the 2015 recipient of the W.E. Clyde Todd Award at the annual meeting held recently of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh.

The award...

DNR adopts online system for lottery-drawn hunting permits

Applying for West Virginia’s lottery-based big-game hunts is as easy as clicking a computer mouse.

Wildlife officials have scrapped the state’s old paper-based snail-mail system and have adopted an Internet-based application...

Scott Shalaway: New Mexico — land of enchantment

My wife and I recently enjoyed eight days visiting friends in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Jan Brydon and Terry Canup promised to show us some of their favorite places and feed us great food. And I hoped to see some great southwestern birds.

Jan and ...

Hunters, anglers gain a voice in W.Va. politics

At long last, West Virginia’s sportsmen appear to be gaining a voice in state politics.

Last month they and a group of about 25 state lawmakers met to form the West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.

Bee Frederick,...

Scott Shalaway: Meet eastern wood-pewees

They are among the least-conspicuous birds in the deciduous forest, at least visually. Eastern wood-pewees are usually heard before they’re seen. They perch quietly in the mid-canopy on naked twigs and can be difficult to spot until they fly....

Eastern mountain lions are extinct, but western cats might still be seen in W.Va.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made official what has long been suspected — that the eastern mountain lion is extinct.

Now, before too many of you folks jump out of your skins or light your hair on fire, let me explain:

Fish ...

Scott Shalaway: The year of the chipmunk

I don’t know if it’s just me, but chipmunks are tough to ignore this year. Every day they dart on and off the bird feeders, and when I drive the two miles out to the main road, I see at least a dozen dashing back and forth across the...

Scott Shalaway: Everyone’s favorite turtle

Everyone loves box turtles. They are wild, colorful and familiar. But nature is unkind to them. Box turtles reproduce slowly, so it’s difficult for populations to grow. They don’t mature until they’re five to ten years old, and...

Wildlife officials to unveil conservation plans

“You’ve gotta have a plan.”

Yeah, it’s a cliché, but West Virginia wildlife officials will tell you it’s true. In their case, they’re required to have a plan.

Federal regulations mandate that...

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DNR: It’s “really, really critical” to get this year’s hunting-regulations booklet

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