Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

lawlogo_small.jpgOne of the bills currently percolating through the West Virginia Legislature would require two-day furloughs for some state employees.

That might make sense as a cost-cutting measure, but it isn’t without pitfalls.

Lawmakers anticipated two important potential problems when they exempted military and state police personnel from the bill’s provisions. But they neglected to add Division of Natural Resources conservation officers.

Can you imagine the amount of fish and wildlife poaching that might go on if outlaws discovered their local CO would be laid off a couple of days? The situation might be different if West Virginia had more officers, but with only 119 uniformed officers to cover 24,181 square miles there aren’t enough to go around even under ideal conditions.