South Branch Wildlife Management Area
|South Branch Wildlife Management Area|
|West Virginia Wildlife Management Area|
|Elevation||915 ft (278.9 m) |
|Area||1,092 acres (441.9 ha) |
|Owner||West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Section|
|IUCN category||IV - Habitat/Species government Area|
|Nearest city||Moorefield, West Virginia|
|Website: WVDNR District 2 Wildlife Management Areas|
The South Branch Wildlife Management Area is 1,092 acres (4.42 km2) of mixed oak-hickory woodlands and pastures in Hampshire and Hardy Counties, West Virginia, USA. The South Branch WMA consists of four separate tracts (McNeill, Bridge, Trough Club, and Sector) along the South Branch Potomac River around and south of the river gorge known as The Trough. It is known throughout the region for its dove, squirrel, deer, and turkey hunting. The WMA is owned by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
The air-breathing northern snakehead (Channa argus), a species of fish native to East Asia, has recently been reported in the lower Potomac River. Although no snakeheads have been detected in West Virginia, this invasive species from northern China had been declared a threat to the state's aquatic ecosystem. Federal law prohibits transport of snakeheads across state lines. Anyone who catches this fish when visiting the South Branch WMA should carefully note the catch location, kill the fish by cutting or bleeding, and contact a WVDNR district biologist. The snakehead should not be released back into the Potomac River or any tributary.
- "South Branch Wildlife Management Area". Elevation Query. U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
- "West Virginia DNR - District 2 Wildlife Management Areas". West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
- Whoriskey, Peter (May 18, 2004). "3rd Snakehead Taints the Potomac". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-04-22.
- Fahrenthold, David A. Potomac Fever Washington Post, Page W12, 2007-07-08. Retrieved on 2007-07-16.
- WV Division of Natural Resources Snakehead web page, retrieved April 22, 2008
- U.S Fish and Wildlife Service snakehead brochure, retrieved April 22, 2008