West Virginia working to bring back bobwhite quail

HOLDEN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wildlife officials are hoping to bring back the bobwhite quail.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports , the birds disappeared from the state in the late 1970s thanks to a combination of habitat destruction and two very harsh winters.

Now wildlife officials say they are a good candidate for reintroduction at the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area. That’s a 32,000 acre tract of former surface-mined land in Logan and Mingo counties acquired by the state Division of Natural Resources in 2015.

The agency reintroduced elk to the area in 2016. Now they are working to make a suitable habitat for quail.

The earliest the birds could arrive would be next spring. Even then, they will be kept off limits to hunters until a self-sustaining population is established.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

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