Bring the bobwhite back to West Virginia

Bobwhite quails reportedly have been gone from West Virginia since the 1970s. Harsh weather and loss of habitat killed them off.

But in recent weeks, 48 of the birds captured in Texas were released at a wildlife management area in Logan County. Officials have a five-year plan to restore a significant population of the bobwhites to the Mountain State.

This, of course, isn’t the only restoration effort when it comes to animals in West Virginia. Recent years have seen attempts to repopulate elk, as well as create better stocks of a variety of native fish in some of our streams and rivers.

Such initiatives often encounter setbacks and require funding.

We encourage Division of Natural Resources officials to persist on this one. Bringing back the bobwhite will be worth the effort.