WVC 20 - 2 - 13
§20-2-13. Importation of wildlife; certification and
inspection of imported wildlife.
No person shall transport into or have in his possession
within this state any live wildlife or viable eggs thereof from
without the state, except as authorized by an importation permit
issued by the director: Provided,
That the director shall not be
authorized to issue a permit to any person to transport into this
state any coyotes (Canis latrans). The director may issue at his
discretion such permit as he is authorized to issue, fix the
terms thereof and revoke it at his pleasure. Importers of fish
or viable eggs of the family salmondiae (trout, char, salmon)
shall furnish a statement from a recognized fish pathologist
certifying the source to be free of whirling disease, infectious
pancreatic necrosis, viral hemorrhagic septicemia or other
diseases which may threaten fish stocks within the state.
Importers of wildlife species shall furnish disease free
certification from pathologists, or veterinarians, as the
director deems necessary to protect native populations.
All imported wildlife shall be subject to inspection by
authorized agents of the department and such inspections may
include biological examinations and the removal of a reasonable
sample of fish or eggs for such purposes.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this section
concerning coyotes shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon
conviction thereof, shall for each offense be fined not less than
one hundred nor more than three hundred dollars, or confined in
jail not less than ten nor more than one hundred days, or be both fined and imprisoned within the limitations aforesaid.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session