§20-2-1. Declaration of policy.
It is declared to be the public policy of the state of West
Virginia that the wildlife resources of this state shall be
protected for the use and enjoyment of all the citizens of this
state. All species of wildlife shall be maintained for values
which may be either intrinsic or ecological or of benefit to man.
Such benefits shall include (1) hunting, fishing and other
diversified recreational uses; (2) economic contributions in the
best interests of the people of this state; and (3) scientific
and educational uses.