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Hunting in West Virginia: 4 Invasive Species to West Virginia and Its Rules for Hunting Them

By    |   Friday, 05 Jun 2015 02:07 PM

Hunting enthusiasts in West Virginia have an integral part in the fight against invasive species. Invasive species can wreck havoc upon ecosystems and the native species which live in them.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency regretfully informs the nation that many plants and animals in America are now endangered as a direct result of invasive species.

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Invasive species are species that were transmitted from their traditional habitat to another habitat. The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science estimates that, "The 50,000 exotic species in the U.S. cost an average of $138 billion per year in damages, losses, and control measures."

By lowering the invaders' population, hunters reduce the damage that the invasive animals cause. All of the creatures listed below have unrestricted hunting seasons. Only hunters pursuing feral hogs require a hunting license.

Here are three invasive species to West Virginia:

1. Feral Hogs
These hogs tear up local plants and are dangerous for humans to encounter. They can also breed with domestic swine and bring disease to these farm animals. Mississippi University hypothesizes that the hogs originated from the first settlers who brought domesticated pigs to the New World.

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Eventually enough of these pigs escaped and bred in the wild until they became the destructive animals they are today.

2. Lionfish

The lionfish is one of the most detrimental invasive species in America. It eats native aquatic species, and continues to reproduce at an extremely alarming rate. They can be found all along the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico.

These fish have poisonous spines that are usually not lethal for humans, but will put them in excruciating pain.

3. Nutria
Nutria are a large, rodent-like creature. They resemble muskrat, which is limited to specific hunting seasons in West Virginia. As an invasive species, however, nutria can be hunted year round and there is no bag or possession limits.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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