POCAHONTAS COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – On April 18, 2020, Natural Resources Police Corporal Barkley, who is assigned to Pocahontas County, received a complaint from a concerned citizen. It was concerning two adult males that were target shooting with a rifle, and the complainant believed they had killed a goose, which is protected by both State and Federal law.
During his investigation, Cpl. Barkley located a dead Canada Goose and gained a confession for killing it from one of the males. The law specifically prohibits the taking of migratory game birds with a rifle, as well as the wanton waste of any migratory game bird killed along with taking Migratory birds during the closed season.
Charges were filed against the individual responsible for the killing of the goose. WV Natural Resource Police Officers have the authority to bring charges of all State laws, as well as Federal Laws relating to wildlife violations. Persons wishing to hunt migratory game birds should refer to the WV Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations Summary, which is released each year before the opening of the Migratory Bird Hunting Season in early September.