The Most Read Articles of 2016

Whether it was the growing elk herd in Virginia, Clyde Roberts harvesting the trophy buck of his lifetime at age 103, or the continued improvement of services and access to the natural resources of the Commonwealth, DGIF has had plenty of highlights to share in 2016! Certainly no event this year was more notable for the agency than when it celebrated its 100th anniversary on June 17, 2016. Moving ahead, DGIF will continue to be leaders for wildlife conservation and inspire people to value the outdoors and their role in nature in 2017 and beyond.

Below are some of the most read and shared articles, stories, videos, tweets, and pics from throughout the year.

A Growing Elk Herd in Virginia (Published September 30th, 2016)

Since restoration efforts to restore this once-native species began a few years ago, Virginia’s elk have been thriving!  DGIF Biologists estimate the total number of elk in Virginia to be between 150 to 200 animals. Read on »

The Myth of Mountain Lions in Virginia (Published March 25th, 2016)

Mountain lions in Virginia? Don’t believe the internet hype—here’s what the experts are saying. Read on »

103 Year-Old Hunter Clyde Roberts Takes Nice Buck (Published November 15th, 2016)

A great story and inspiration for all of us who share the passion for hunting and the wonders of the great outdoors! Read on »

Coyote Research Study Update (Published June 2nd, 2016)

In order to better understand the potential effects of coyotes on deer numbers, DGIF embarked upon a 4-year research project in the western mountain region of the state. Read on »

Ware Creek WMA (Published June 24th, 2016)

Ware Creek WMA is 2600 acres in New Kent County, in the community of Barhamsville. Located on the York River and bounded by Philbates and Ware Creeks, this area offers extensive wetlands, as well mixed hardwood and pine forests and open fields. Read on »

Video Highlights

On June 17, 2016, DGIF celebrated its 100th Anniversary


DGIF biologists stock 2,600 freshwater mussels in Virginia’s beautiful Clinch River to help replenish the population. The Clinch is the number one river in the United States that supports such a diversity of endangered mussel species, some of which can live up to 70 years old!


Virginia Conservation Police Officer (CPO) Alberto Medina on why being a CPO is the career of his dreams.


Highlights From Twitter & Instagram

“26” #browntrout from the public stretch of #mossycreek. Largest I have seen in 12 years of sampling. Go get her.” #regram 📷: @fishshocker1 #virginia #fishing #FishVA #VAWildlife

A photo posted by Virginia Wildlife (@virginiawildlife) on

Are you #BearAware? Learn the facts about black bears in #Virginia and know what you can do to prevent conflicts: wildlife.virginia.gov/bear-aware/ #VAWildlife #blackbears #wildlife #bears

A photo posted by Virginia Wildlife (@virginiawildlife) on

  • December 26th, 2016