Bald eagle found dead at Carvin’s Cove first in SW Virginia to test positive for Bird Flu
A bald eagle that was found dead at Carvin’s Cove in December has tested positive for the Bird Flu, or Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. It’s the first known case in a bald eagle in Southwest Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.
Bye, bye, balloons: Certain balloon releases prohibited in the Commonwealth
With the Smith Mountain Lake Pirate Days event coming on July 16, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources is reminding Virginia citizens of the new regulation that went into effect on July 1, which bans citizens from intentionally releasing or discarding any non-biodegradable or non-photodegradable balloons outdoors in the Commonwealth.
State proposes longer deer hunting season in Montgomery County to stop spread of Chronic Wasting Disease
The proposed regulation is a two-week extension of the general firearms season to help slow the spread and transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease and reduce deer populations in Floyd, Montgomery and Pulaski Counties.
Virginia delays collection of new boat fee until July 2022
ROANOKE, Va. – Some of you out there planning to go on a boat ride this year will now be able to keep some extra money in your wallet. The Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) announced Thursday that it’s extending the start date of a new boat ramp fee. The $23 annual fee, or $4 daily fee, was originally enacted on January 1 for people without a boating registration, fishing license, hunting license or access permit. By extending the fee’s start date to July 1, 2022, DWR said it now has the chance to talk with stakeholders and decide the best way to fund recreational access sites without putting economic pressures on outfitters, education providers and others. DWR hopes to meet with stakeholders within the next few months and then issue a report of the group’s findings by December 1.
Local outfitters raise red flag on new state fees to use waterways
BUCHANAN, Va. – People who want to hit Virginia’s waterways may have to pay more to do it this coming year. The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources is charging new fees for using state access ramps. Those with a boat registered in Virginia, a hunting or fishing license, or other state access passes are exempt as they already pay into the system. In Buchanan, Twin River Outfitters does half its business with out-of-state tourists. Only the operator will be required to pay the access fee, meaning one fee for a tandem kayak, for example.
One person dead, another hurt after canoe overturns on Dan River
DANVILLE, Va. – One person is dead and another is hurt after a canoe overturned on the Dan River, police said. Danville Police Department Capt. Authorities said the grandson was treated by the Danville Life Saving Crew before he was taken to a local hospital. The life saving crew located and recovered Reynolds’ body via rescue boat. Along with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, the Danville life saving crew, police department and fire department all responded to this incident.