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West Virginia Wildlife
Wildlife Center Recovery
Patrick McMurtry Back In Business For Wildlife

June 19, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


We've had some bad weather here the last six months or so, but last fall, storms really hammered the northern parts of the state and the Wildlife Center really took a hit. Gene Thorn, a wildlife biologist with The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, describes the damage by super storm Sandy.

"The Wildlife Center is in Upshur County and that was one of the worst counties in all the state as far as damage. This place was destroyed. The morning after the event, we went around and there were trees down on the pens and tops and almost all the netting tops were laying in the center of the pens."

So, the team at the Wildlife Center got to work and got into recovery mode, and in no time, things were back to normal. Almost.

"It was quite a recovery effort and our staff worked really hard here to get recovered and for the most part, when you walk around the center, you won't see any damage. There is still some damage, but it's greened up enough you can't see that." says Thorn.

But you will see all the animals you've come to know and love at the Wildlife Center, with only a couple of exceptions, and those will be back soon.

"All those animals are back in the pen, we did lose some birds, we are still waiting for a golden and bald eagle, we have to have a rehab bird that can't go back in the wild, we hope to get those soon. Eventually we'll get one of each, but it's going to take a little time." says Thorn.

But for now, it's good to go at the Wildlife Center, so bring the kids and have a good time.

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