Cavalier Wildlife Management Area

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Cavalier Wildlife Management Area
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Map showing the location of Cavalier Wildlife Management Area
Map showing the location of Cavalier Wildlife Management Area
Location within Virginia
Location Chesapeake, Virginia
Coordinates 36°34′20″N 76°19′22″W / 36.5723°N 76.3228°W / 36.5723; -76.3228Coordinates: 36°34′20″N 76°19′22″W / 36.5723°N 76.3228°W / 36.5723; -76.3228[1]
Area 4,550 acres (18.4 km2)
Governing body Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Cavalier Wildlife Management Area is a 4,550-acre (18.4 km2) Wildlife Management Area in Chesapeake, Virginia. It preserves habitat for a number of species, including black bear, canebrake rattlesnakes, white-tailed deer, eastern wild turkeys, and many varieties of songbirds.[2]

The preserve comprises two separate tracts of land. The 3,800-acre (15 km2) main tract is located about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) east of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and adjacent to the VirginiaNorth Carolina border; it was once a part of the Great Dismal Swamp but was drained more than 200 years ago. The main tract today is typified by recently logged forestlands planted with young pine.[2] A smaller, 758-acre (3.07 km2) tract lies about six miles (9.7 km) north of the main area of land, immediately adjacent to the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.[3]

The area is open to the public for seasonal hunting, trapping, fishing, hiking, and primitive camping. Firearms are prohibited in the Dismal Swamp tract, where only bow-hunting is permitted; firearms may be used for hunting within the main tract. Neither area permits horseback riding.[2][3]

Cavalier Wildlife Management Area is owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.[2] Access for persons 17 years of age or older requires a valid hunting or fishing permit, or a WMA access permit.[4]

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  1. ^ "Cavalier". ProtectedPlanet. United Nations Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Cavalier". Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Dismal Swamp Tract of Cavalier". Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Access Permit". Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 

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