WVC 20 - 2 - 3
§20-2-3. State ownership of wildlife.
The ownership of and title to all wild animals, wild birds,
both migratory and resident, and all fish, amphibians, and all
forms of aquatic life in the state of West Virginia is hereby
declared to be in the state, as trustee for the people. No such
wildlife shall be taken or hunted in any manner, or at any time,
unless the person so taking or hunting the same shall consent
that the title thereto shall be and remain in the state of West
Virginia for the purpose of regulating the taking, hunting, using
and disposing of the same. The taking or hunting of wildlife at
any time or in any manner by any person shall be deemed such
consent: Provided, however,
That all fish, frogs and other
aquatic life in privately-owned ponds are, and shall remain, the
private property of the owner or owners of such privately-owned
ponds, and that such fish, frogs and other aquatic life in such
privately-owned ponds may be caught, taken or killed by such
owner or owners at any time.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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