Native chook being reintroduced to West Virginia

ALUM CREEK, W.Va. (WBOY) – Greater than 20,000 Bobwhite Quail can be stocked throughout West Virginia in an try to revive the inhabitants of the native chook, Gov. Jim Justice introduced Wednesday.

In response to a launch from the Governor, Northern Bobwhite Quail have been closely populated throughout West Virginia as not too long ago because the Nineteen Seventies, however their inhabitants was hit laborious by just a few extreme winters about 45 years in the past. The West Virginia Division of Pure Sources has already stocked greater than 12,000 quail in Wildlife Administration Areas throughout the state:

  • Burnsville Lake Wildlife Administration Space 
  • Cross Creek Wildlife Administration Space
  • Frozen Camp Wildlife Administration Space
  • Greenbrier State Forest
  • Huttonsville State Farm Wildlife Administration Space
  • Laurel Lake Wildlife Administration Space
  • Nice Creek Wildlife Administration Space
Native chook being reintroduced to West Virginia
(Courtesy: Gov. Justice’s workplace)

As a part of the Governor’s Quail Stocking Initiative, the DNR has additionally coordinated habitat restoration initiatives on the seven listed WMAs.

“I’ve missed these little rascals, and plenty of folks have,” Gov. Justice stated within the launch. He continued, “We’re attempting to carry again one thing that folks have missed,” Gov. Justice stated. “And for generations to return, if we’re in a position to carry quail again, folks will get used to it and like it, they usually’ll miss it if it ever leaves us once more.”

Babydog and Gov. Justice on the Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Schooling Middle the place he introduced the quail stocking initiative (Courtesy: Gov. Justice’s workplace)

Bobwhites dwell in coveys, that are teams of 5-30 birds. Their younger are the scale of bumblebees and are in a position to go away the nest a few day after hatching. As much as three hatchings, or clutches, may be produced earlier than the season ends in October. Grownup bobwhites are virtually completely seed-eaters, consuming the seeds of grasses and different vegetation. 

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