Reporting Resources Violations Faster, Easier Using Technology

Several hunting seasons are approaching and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is asking the public to use technology — rather than social media — to report wildlife and pollution crimes across the state.

“We often get reports of violations and other very good tips sent to CDFW through social media, but our Twitter and Facebook sites are not directly monitored by wildlife officers,” said Lt. Mike Milotz, CDFW CalTip Program Coordinator. “There are several ways for the public to report issues directly to us in real time, including a CalTIP phone number, a smart phone app, direct text message capability and our website.”

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All reports can be completely anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before wildlife officers see the tips.

The public can report violations or concerns in the following ways:

  • Phone Number: (888) 334-2258 / (888) 334-CALTIP
  • App: CalTIP app (free via the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store)
  • Text Message: Text to 847-411 and a wildlife officer can respond directly. (Please begin your message with “Caltip,” followed by the details)
  • CDFW’s website:
  • Call 911

CDFW law enforcement reminds people to never put their safety in jeopardy or try to stop a suspected crime. Report it as soon as possible, including a description of the people, equipment and vehicles involved. The more detail provided, the better

CalTIP is a confidential secret witness program that encourages the public to provide factual information leading to the arrest of poachers and polluters. The program is funded by penalty assessments generated by fines from wildlife violators and polluters. The existing CalTIP confidential secret witness phone number, 1-888-334-2258, continues to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Wildlife officers encourage anyone who witnesses a poaching or polluting violation, or who has information about a violation, to report it as soon as possible.

Media Contacts

Lt. Mike Milotz, CDFW Law Enforcement and CalTip Program, (916) 654-1485
Lt. Chris Stoots, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 651-9982
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

September 2015 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

Media Contact: Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958


Various Days, June through September 2015 Bat Talk and Walk at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 45211 County Road 32B, Davis (95618). Following a 45-minute indoor presentation on bat natural history and viewing live bats, participants will carpool to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area to watch one of the largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats in California as it emerges to hunt insects at sunset. The event lasts about three hours. There is a small amount of walking and those in wheelchairs or unable to walk may view the bats from a vehicle. Reservations are required and private tours are also available. The fee for adults is $12, and youths 16 and under are free. For more information, please visit, email or call (530) 902-1918.

Weekends — Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve. Volunteer-led walks are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are available for the public to borrow at no cost. The visitor center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of five or more need to let staff know they are coming and groups of 10 or more can request a separate tour. For more information, please visit

1 — Early Dove Season Opens (extending through Sept. 15). Please note that as of July 1, 2015, nonlead ammunition is required when hunting on all California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) lands. Please plan accordingly. For maps of Imperial County dove hunting fields, please visit

1 — Applications for Reservations to Hunt Waterfowl on State-Operated Wildlife Areas Available at All CDFW License Agents and Online at For more information, please visit

3 — Wildlife Conservation Board Meeting, 10 am to noon, California Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814). For more information, please visit or contact Laura Featherstone at (916) 445-8448.

5 — Archery Deer Season Opens in Zones D11 and D13-D19. For more information on deer hunting in California, please see

6 — The Archery Season for Black Bears Closes in Each of the Five American Black Bear Hunt Zones: Northern California, Central California, Southeastern Sierra, Southern Sierra and Southern California. CDFW shall close the season earlier if 1,700 bears have been reported taken. For daily updates on reported bear harvest, please visit or call toll-free (888) 277-6398. Please visit for a description of the current mammal hunting regulations and American black bear hunt zone boundary descriptions. The bag and possession limit for either the archery or general season is one adult bear per hunting license year. Cubs and females accompanied by cubs may not be taken.

6 — Last Day of Archery Deer Season in Zones B1-B3, B5, B6, C2, C3, D3-D10, X1-X9c and X12. For more information on deer hunting in California, please see 

7  Last Day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from the Oregon/California State Line to Horse Mountain. Recreational ocean salmon fishing remains open from Horse Mountain to Pigeon Point. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429. 

7  Last Day of Recreational Ocean Salmon Season from Pigeon Point to Point Sur. Recreational ocean salmon fishing remains open from Horse Mountain to Pigeon Point. For more information, please visit the Ocean Salmon webpage at or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

9 — California Fish and Game Commission Wildlife Resources Committee Meeting, Department of Industrial Relations, 2550 Mariposa Mall, Room 1036, Fresno (93721). The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, please visit

12 — Zone Q1 Mountain Quail Season Opens (extending through Oct. 16). General Sooty (Blue) Grouse and Ruffed Grouse Season Opens (extending through Oct. 12). General White-tailed Ptarmigan Season Opens (extending through Sept. 20). For mountain quail, sooty (blue) grouse, ruffed grouse and ptarmigan zone maps and other upland game season information, please visit

12 —  First Day of Tree Squirrel General Season (extending through Jan. 31, 2016). For more information, please visit

15 — Last Day of Early Dove Season. The dove season will reopen on Nov. 14.

19 — General Deer Season Opens in Zones B1-B3, B5, B6, C1-C4, D6, D7, X9a, X9b and X12. For more information on deer hunting in California, visit 

19 — North Zone Band-tailed Pigeon Season Opens (extending through Sept. 27). For band-tailed pigeon zone maps and other upland game season information, please visit

19 — Public Outreach Meeting Regarding Northern San Joaquin Valley Type A and B Wildlife Areas, 9 a.m. to noon, Grassland Water District Office, 200 W. Willmott Ave., Los Banos (93635). Participants will take comments and recommendations from the public and provide updates on habitat conditions, availability of water for wetlands and possible impacts to hunter access on public lands. For more information, please visit

20 — Last Day of General Deer Season in Zone A (South Unit 110 and North Unit 160). For more information on deer hunting in California, please see

20 — Last Day of General White-tailed Ptarmigan Season. For mountain quail, sooty (blue) grouse, ruffed grouse and ptarmigan zone maps and other upland game season information, please visit

26 — General Deer Season Opens in Zones D3-D5, D8-D10, X8 and X10. For more information on deer hunting in California, please see 

26 — Zone Q2 Quail Season Opens (extending through Jan. 31, 2016). For quail zone maps as well as other upland game season information, please visit

26 — 21st Annual Oroville Salmon Festival, at Feather River Fish Hatchery, 5 Table Mountain Blvd., Oroville (95965), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and in downtown Oroville from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature tours to view salmon spawning, informational booths, educational displays and vendor booths. For more information, please visit 

26 — Elkhorn Slough Reserve Open House and Native Plant Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (Royal Oaks), (95076). The free event is open to the public and will celebrate National Estuaries Day. Activities will include greenhouse tours with land stewards and researchers. For more information, please visit or call the Elkhorn Slough Reserve at (831) 728-2822.

27 — Last Day of Archery Deer Season in Zones D11 and D13-D19. For more information on deer hunting in California, please see

27 — Last Day of General Deer Season in Zone B4. For more information on deer hunting in California, please see

30 and Oct. 1-2 — Fisheries Restoration Grant Program Peer Review Committee Meeting, Oxford Suites, 2035 Business Lane, Chico (95928). The meeting starts at 10:15 a.m. on Sept. 30 and at 8 a.m. on both Oct. 1 and 2. The meeting ends at 5 p.m. each day. For more information, please email Patty Forbes at or call (916) 327-8842.

First Dove Season Opener Approaches

mourning doveThe first of two opening days of California’s dove hunting season is fast approaching. This year’s season for mourning dove, white-winged dove, spotted dove and ringed turtle dove will run from Tuesday, Sept. 1 through Tuesday, Sept. 15 statewide, followed by a second hunt period, Saturday, Nov. 14 through Monday, Dec. 28.

Mourning dove and white-winged dove have a daily bag limit if 15, up to 10 of which may be white-winged dove. The possession limit is triple the daily bag limit. There are no limits on spotted dove and ringed turtle dove. Hunting for Eurasian collared dove is legal year-round and there is no limit.

Please note that as of July 1, 2015, nonlead ammunition is required when hunting upland game birds on all CDFW lands. Please plan accordingly. For more information please see the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) nonlead ammunition page.

A dove identification guide can be found on the CDFW website, along with a map of upland game fields in Imperial County, the state’s hub for dove hunting.

Although California is suffering a serious drought, mourning doves are dry environment birds and are capable of exploiting many food types and sources. Most of the state lands that are generally planted with forage crops for doves have not been planted this year in order to conserve water, so doves may be more dispersed and less concentrated in areas that have historically been planted. The lack of water resources has also resulted in a higher-than-normal concentration of many wildlife species together in places where there is water. Both mourning dove and band-tailed pigeon have shown symptoms of avian trichimonas and avian pox in the population this year.

While the final results of the 2015 statewide dove banding effort are not yet available, initial numbers indicate no shortage of mourning doves for the opener. Hunters who encounter a banded bird are asked to report it to the USGS Bird Banding Lab ( Banded birds are part of important biological monitoring and reporting completes the process.

“The Imperial Valley dove fields are the best they have ever been and will provide great hunting through both early and late seasons,” said Leon Lesicka of Desert Wildlife Unlimited.

Dove hunting is considered a great starting point for new hunters. There is very little equipment required and just about any place open for hunting will have mourning doves. Minimum requirements are a valid hunting license with an upland game bird stamp (if the hunter is 18 or older) and Harvest Information Program (HIP) validation, good footwear, a shotgun, shotgun shells and plenty of water. Hunters should be careful not to underestimate the amount of fluids needed, especially during the first half of the season.

Most successful dove hunters position themselves in a known flyway for doves. These can be to and from roost sites, water, food sources or gravel. Doves are usually taken by pass shooting these flyways, but hunters may also be successful jump shooting. Dove movement is most frequent in the early mornings and late evenings when they are flying from and to their roost sites (this is when the majority of hunters go into the field). Late morning to early afternoon can be better for jump shooting. Hunters should scout out dove activity in the area a few times just prior to hunting.

Important laws and regulations to consider include the following:

  • Shoot time for doves is one half hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • All hunters — including junior hunters — are required to carry their hunting license with them.
  • Hunters must have written permission from the landowner prior to hunting on private land.
  • Bag limits apply to each hunter and no one can take more than one legal limit.
  • It is illegal to shoot within 150 yards of an occupied dwelling.
  • It is illegal to shoot from or across a public roadway.
  • It is illegal to hunt within 200 yards of an artificial water source for wildlife.

It is the responsibility of every hunter to know and follow all laws.

Safety is the most important part of any hunting adventure. Although wearing hunter orange (blaze) is not required by law, it may be required in specific areas. Wearing a minimum of a hunter orange hat is recommended, especially when sitting or when hunting in deep vegetation. Safety glasses are a simple way to protect the eyes and are available in many shades for hunting in all types of lighting situations.

The weather throughout the state on Sept. 1 is expected to be hot and dry. CDFW urges hunters to drink plenty of fluids, wear sun protection and have a plan in case of an accident.

A summary of the 2015-16 dove hunting regulations can be found on CDFW’s website.

Elkhorn Slough OtterCam Goes High Definition

The Elkhorn Slough OtterCam has been upgraded from standard to high-definition, and there is now a second HD video camera focused on sea otters, thanks to the generous support of the Acacia Foundation and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Now anyone can watch California’s adorable sea otters in HD by going to

Located in areas of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve’s salt marshes where sea otters often congregate, the two new cameras offer great image clarity and fine detail for viewing this iconic Monterey Bay marine mammal and a teeming cast of other Elkhorn Slough wildlife. Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve is managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

The Elkhorn Slough OtterCam HD video streams will be featured as part of the PBS/BBC Big Blue Live television and online event, Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 (at Anchored from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the three-day, live televised event will highlight the amazing marine life that converges off California’s central coast. The Big Blue Live website links to live cameras, including the Elkhorn Slough OtterCam.

Elkhorn Slough is home to the largest concentration of endangered southern sea otters (enhydra lutris nereis) on the California coast, and the first webcam dedicated to streaming live video of wild southern sea otters in their natural habitat. The Elkhorn Slough OtterCam has been streaming live video online from the tidal salt marshes of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve since 2012. The upgrade to high-definition enhances the OtterCam for both researchers and visitors.

For almost two years, researchers have used the Elkhorn Slough OtterCam to observe sea otter behavior such as foraging, grooming and raising pups. Stationed on the edge of the slough, the camera looks across pickleweed marsh and tidal channels of the slough. These channels are frequented largely by female otters and appear to be used as a nursery, as sea otters with pups are regularly seen in the meandering channels. During the past three years, the camera has provided video and still photographs documenting the growth of otter pups, interactions with harbor seals and other wildlife, and the movement of otters throughout the slough.

“The OtterCam has opened a unique window on the lives of sea otters. There are times we are seeing 25 or more otters in the protected channels of the slough’s marsh,” Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) Executive Director Mark Silberstein said. “This suggests there may be more otters residing in the slough than previously thought. We’ve witnessed some unique behaviors, such as hauling out of the water, resting and grooming in the pickleweed marshes.”

Research is underway to better understand how sea otters are using the estuary, with the hope of helping southern sea otters recover in other parts of their historic range. In turn, recent evidence suggests that sea otters may yield important ecological benefits to the estuaries they inhabit. A study published by reserve researcher Brent Hughes in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that sea otters enhance the health of subtidal seagrass beds, as they do in kelp forests.

“We are pleased to present these remarkable images from the Elkhorn Slough Reserve, and shine a light on sea otter use of the estuary,” Reserve Manager Dave Feliz said. “The behavior of these animals in a salt marsh is little understood, yet the story is unfolding before the eyes of the world on CDFW is happy to be a part of this new chapter in sea otter life history.”

Elkhorn Slough, in the central Monterey Bay area, encompasses a wide variety of habitats – oak woodlands, maritime chaparral, coastal prairie and the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California south of San Francisco Bay – that support an incredible abundance and diversity of life. Elkhorn Slough hosts 550 species of marine invertebrates and 100 species of fish, as well as resident sea lions, harbor seals and the highest concentration of southern sea otters on the West Coast. On the Pacific flyway, Elkhorn Slough bird numbers can soar during migration seasons, nearly doubling the resident bird counts. The slough is designated a Globally Important Bird area, with more than 340 species identified in and around the slough.

ESF is a community-supported non-profit land trust whose mission is to conserve and restore the Elkhorn Slough and its watershed. ESF protects 4,000 acres of rare habitat including oak woodlands, maritime chaparral and wetlands. Since 1982, ESF has been the non-profit partner of the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR).

ESNERR is managed by CDFW with administrative assistance from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ESNERR is one of 28 reserves established nationwide to support long-term research, water-quality monitoring, environmental education and coastal stewardship.

For information about ESF and ESNERR, and to support the conservation of Elkhorn Slough, please visit and CDFW Elkhorn Slough.


Media Contacts:
Dave Feliz, CDFW Elkhorn Slough Reserve, (831) 728-2822
Scott Nichols, Elkhorn Slough Foundation, (831) 728-5939
Dana Michaels, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-2420

Cache Creek Wildlife Area Reopens

Media Contacts:
Josh Bush, Cache Creek Wildlife Area, (916) 374-9137
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

With successful containment of the Jerusalem and Rocky fires, the Cache Creek Wildlife Area has reopened to public as of Tuesday, Aug. 25.

The Jerusalem fire burned 25,118 acres in Napa and Lake counties, eventually joining the southern flank of the Rocky Fire, which was extinguished Aug. 14.

Members of the public are cautioned to be aware of their surroundings when outdoors and are asked to report any smoke, which may indicate spot fires.

Visitors are also reminded that campfires are not allowed on the wildlife area.

CAL FIRE’s statewide fire map can be found at

CDFW Plans Public Meeting On Proposed Elk Hunting Regulations

Elk herdThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is preparing a draft environmental document to address potential impacts resulting from the implementation of elk hunting regulations. A public scoping meeting regarding the document is scheduled Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. at CDFW’s Wildlife Branch, 1812 Ninth St., Sacramento (95814).

The public is invited to comment on potentially significant environmental effects that may result from the proposed regulations, as well as any feasible mitigation measures that should be addressed.

In lieu of attending the meeting, interested parties may also submit written comments via email to or by standard mail to CDFW Statewide Elk and Antelope Coordinator Joe Hobbs, 1812 Ninth St., Sacramento, CA 95814.

For more information, please visit or contact Hobbs at (916) 445-9992 or at


Media Contacts:
Joe Hobbs, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-9992

Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958

Reminder that Nonlead Ammunition is Required When Hunting on CDFW Properties This Year

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds hunters that nonlead ammunition is required when hunting on CDFW properties for the upcoming hunting seasons. Lead ammunition may still be used on national forest, Bureau of Land Management and private lands.

All the wildlife areas have signs posted notifying hunters of the nonlead ammunition requirement. CDFW law enforcement will be strictly enforcing the regulations during the hunting seasons.

In April 2015, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted CDFW’s proposed regulations, which will implement the nonlead requirement in the following three phases:

Phase 1 – Effective July 1, 2015, nonlead ammunition will be required when taking Nelson bighorn sheep and all wildlife on state wildlife areas and ecological reserves.

Phase 2 – Effective July 1, 2016, nonlead shot will be required when taking upland game birds with a shotgun, except for dove, quail, snipe and any game birds taken at licensed game bird clubs. In addition, nonlead shot will be required when using a shotgun to take resident small game mammals, furbearing mammals, nongame mammals, nongame birds and any wildlife for depredation purposes.

Phase 3 – Effective July 1, 2019, nonlead ammunition will be required when taking any wildlife with a firearm anywhere in California.

For more information on the phase-in of nonlead ammunition for hunting in California, please visit

Media Contacts
Lt. Chris Stoots, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 651-9982
Clark Blanchard, CDFW Communications, (916) 651-7824

CDFW Now Recruiting New Wildlife Officers

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is recruiting those interested in a career as a wildlife officer. CDFW will accept applications for wildlife officer cadet through the final filing deadline of Oct. 16, 2015. CDFW is particularly interested in recruiting applicants with a passion for conservation of California’s fish and wildlife resources.Warden with binoculars

For information on minimum qualifications and other requirements for wildlife officer cadets, please visit

The CDFW Law Enforcement Division expects an overwhelming number of inquiries and asks prospective candidates to extensively review materials on the website before contacting CDFW with questions.

California wildlife officers are charged with ensuring public safety, enforcing fish and wildlife laws, investigating illegal sales of wildlife, protecting the state from pollution, enforcing habitat protection laws, fighting illegal drug trafficking, keeping the homeland secure and responding during natural disasters. As peace officers, they have the authority to enforce all California laws, such as the Vehicle Code and Penal Code, and are federally deputized to enforce federal fish and wildlife laws.

A typical day for a California wildlife officer is diverse as the state’s fish and wildlife. Wildlife officers patrol ocean, desert, mountain and valley environments, as well as urban areas. They frequently work independently and conduct full-scale law enforcement investigations. Wildlife officers employ everything from all-terrain vehicles to jet skis and snowmobiles while on patrol and spend much of their typical day making contact with Californians in the great outdoors. CDFW has a dive team and utilizes K-9 partners as well. Environmental crimes and pollution incidents also fall under the purview of wildlife officers. Annually, wildlife officers make contact with more than 295,000 people and issue more than 15,000 citations for violations of the law.

Successful applicants will enter a 31-week academy training program, followed by 19 weeks of field training, where they will work with a seasoned field training officer. CDFW’s academy at Butte College is California Peace Officer Standards and Training certified. Cadets are trained as police officers with specific emphasis on wildlife, pollution and habitat protection.

In California, with 159,000 square miles of habitat and wildlife diversity unequaled by any other state, the average wildlife officer has a patrol district of more than 600 square miles. The state has more than 1,100 miles of coastline, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,800 lakes and reservoirs, three desert habitat areas and scores of high mountain peaks.

For more information and to apply, please visit the following links:

Applications must be postmarked no later than Oct. 16.


Media Contacts:
Lt. Chris Stoots, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 651-9982

Cpt. Patrick Foy, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 651-6692

CDFW to Hold Public Outreach Meeting on Northern San Joaquin Valley Type A and B Wildlife Areas

Media Contact:

Sean Allen, CDFW Central Region, (209) 826-0463
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold an outreach meeting Saturday, Sept. 19 in Los Banos regarding the Northern San Joaquin Valley Type A and B Wildlife Areas. CDFW will take comments and recommendations and provide updates on habitat conditions, availability of water for wetlands and possible impacts to hunter access on public lands.

The meeting, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, is being offered in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Waterfowl Association, Ducks Unlimited and the Grassland Water District. Federal staff will also discuss the Merced National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), including the Lone Tree Unit, and the San Luis NWR, including the Kesterson, Blue Goose, East and West Bear Creek, and Freitas units. The Grassland Water District will make a short presentation on refuge water supply.

State wildlife areas to be discussed are Mendota, Los Banos, Volta, and North Grasslands, including the Salt Slough, China Island, Gadwall, Widell/Ramaciotti and Mud Slough units.

According to state law (Fish and Game Code, section 1758), CDFW shall annually provide an opportunity for licensed hunters to comment and make recommendations on public hunting programs, including anticipated habitat conditions in the hunting areas on Type A and B wildlife areas, as defined under the commission’s regulations, through public meetings or other outreach. In complying with this section, CDFW may hold regional meetings on its hunting programs for several different wildlife areas.

The meeting will be held at the Grassland Water District Office, 200 W. Willmott Ave. in Los Banos. Please email Sean Allen ( if you are planning to attend. For more information, please visit

Photo Shows Wolf Pups in Northern California

Media Contact:
Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937
Matt Baun, USFWS Communications, (530) 841-3119

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has photographic evidence of five gray wolf pups and two adults in Northern California.

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After trail cameras recorded a lone canid in May and July, CDFW deployed additional cameras, one of which took multiple photos showing five pups, which appear to be a few months old and others showing individual adults. Because of the proximity to the original camera locations, it is likely the adult previously photographed in May and July is associated with the group of pups.

“This news is exciting for California,” said Charlton H. Bonham, CDFW Director. “We knew wolves would eventually return home to the state and it appears now is the time.”

Wolf 1

CDFW has designated this group (comprised of two adults and five pups) the Shasta Pack.

Wild wolves historically inhabited California, but were extirpated. Aside from these wolves and the famous wolf OR7 who entered California in December 2011, the last confirmed wolf in the state was here in 1924. OR7 has not been in California for more than a year and is currently the breeding male of the Rogue Pack in southern Oregon.

Wolf 2

In June 2014, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to list gray wolves as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act. The gray wolf is also listed as endangered in California, under the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. Gray wolves that enter California are therefore protected by the ESA making it illegal to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture or collect wolves, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct in California.

CDFW is completing a Draft Wolf Management Plan and will release it soon. Throughout the plan’s development, CDFW has held numerous meetings with stakeholders. Currently, CDFW is incorporating comments from a stakeholder advisory group, and considering revisions due to implications of this news, before releasing the draft plan to the general public. Public meetings will be scheduled to receive public comment on the draft plan.

In addition to the trail cameras, CDFW relies on help from the public to glean information about wolves in California. The public can report wolf sightings on CDFW gray wolf website at

Though wolves rarely pose a direct threat to human safety, CDFW recommends that people never approach, feed or otherwise disturb a wolf. For more information about staying safe in wolf-occupied areas, including what people should do if they encounter a wolf, please visit

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