West Virginia Wildlife Center Encourages Visitors to See Two New Bear Cubs

West Virginia Wildlife Center Encourages Visitors to See Two New Bear Cubs
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

West Virginia -(Ammoland.com)- The West Virginia Wildlife Center in Upshur County has two new black bear cubs on exhibit.

The cubs arrived at the zoological facility in the late spring. They are both male and one is about a month older than the other.

            “Having young wildlife is always fun for our staff and visitors,” said Paul Johansen, Wildlife Resources Section chief of the Division of Natural Resources. “The exhibit allows visitors to safely observe our state animal, which is one of the largest species of wildlife native to West Virginia.”

The West Virginia Wildlife Center already has on exhibit two adult bears that came to the zoological facility in 1995 and are now 20 years old. Before that pair, it had a bear that came to the center in 1977 and died in 1994.

The West Virginia Wildlife Center exhibits native and introduced animals in areas that replicate their natural habitat but are safe for both people and animals. The facility originally opened as the French Creek Game Farm in 1923 and was updated and renamed in 1986 to serve as an educational facility where visitors can see, enjoy and learn more about West Virginia’s rich wildlife heritage.

The West Virginia Wildlife Center is located in French Creek just south of Buckhannon. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. November through March. To learn more, visit www.wvdnr.gov.