Citations Issued During Early Bear Hunting Season

Kanawha County Citations Issued During Early Bear Hunting Season

West Virginia DNR
West Virginia DNR

West Virginia —( Kanawha County man was issued a number of citations for hunting law violations on the last day of the recent early bear hunting season, according to Lt. David Trader of the Division of Natural Resources’ District 5 office in Nitro.

An early firearm season for black bear was in effect Sept. 21-26 in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha and Raleigh counties.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Conservation Officers Chad Rains and Ed Goodson were on patrol near Sanderson Ridge in Kanawha County.

A routine check of a hunter by the officers resulted in several citations being issued to Ricky D. Jarvis, age 40, of Clendenin.

He was charged with carrying a loaded gun in a motor vehicle, hunting from a motor vehicle, feeding bears, hunting bear over bait, and failure to present a hunting license. Charges were filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court and are awaiting action.

“Hard work and information sharing between the DNR Law Enforcement Office in Elkins and the Nitro district office about potential problem areas and complaints about bear hunting violations paid off,” said Lt. Trader. “Conservation officers in the state have been working diligently checking for hunters who illegally kill or bait bear. Anyone with information about any such illegal activity is encouraged to call the DNR at your local district office listing.”

The next firearm season for black bear for most of the state runs from Dec. 7 through 31.