The Great West Virginia Deer Cull

The second Thursday in November has just passed. In most of the country, thoughts will be about the big feast that comes exactly seven days later, but not in my part of the world. This coming week does include American … Continue reading

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The “civet cat” of West Virginia

Source for image. When I was a little boy, my grandmother once told me that one of her childhood dogs killed a civet cat.  I was old enough to know that civets lived in Africa and Asia, so when I … Continue reading

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Is the Virginia opossum the only marsupial native to North America?

The yapok or water opossum is a marsupial that ranges into Mexico and Central America. Americans are an unusually insular sort of people. We fail at geography big time. Don’t ask the average American what the capital of Canada is.  … Continue reading

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TRACIE HOTCHNER: RESCUE DOGS IN DOG-FRIENDLY ALEXANDRIA VIRGINIA

I have always wondered what a dog-friendly hotel would really be like – whether the dog rooms would be like being sent “to the dog house” (kind of shabby) and whether the dogs would only be allowed in some less-than-lovely … Continue reading

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