ELKINS, W.Va. — During the next several weeks, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Section will conduct spotlight surveys in 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 sampling 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.