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 CDFW Reminds Anglers that White Sharks are Protected from Fishing May 26, 2017 -   As the summer months approach and with increased sightings of White Sharks off Southern California beaches, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is issuing a reminder that White Sharks are a protected species under both state and federal fisheries laws and regulations. “White Sharks are regularly found in Southern California in summer … Continue reading  CDFW Reminds Anglers that White Sharks are Protected from Fishing
CDFW Now Accepting Proposals for Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs May 26, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for ecosystem restoration and protection projects that fulfill the objectives of Proposition 1. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018, $31 million in Proposition 1 funds will be made available through CDFW’s two Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs. The Watershed Restoration Grant Program will fund … Continue reading CDFW Now Accepting Proposals for Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs
Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects May 25, 2017 - At its May 25 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $11.5 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 11 funded projects will benefit fish and wildlife – including some endangered species – while others will provide public access to important natural resources. … Continue reading Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects
California and Oregon Governors Request Salmon Disaster Assistance May 25, 2017 -   California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and Oregon Governor Kate Brown sent a letter today to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross requesting declaration of a catastrophic regional fishery disaster and commercial fishery failure for salmon in their states. The declaration begins the process for requesting federal aid to assist commercial salmon anglers and … Continue reading California and Oregon Governors Request Salmon Disaster Assistance
Boaters Can Help Fight Spread of Invasive Mussels Over Memorial Day Weekend May 24, 2017 - California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain cautious over Memorial Day weekend. Quagga and zebra mussels are invasive freshwater mussels native to Eurasia. They multiply quickly, encrust watercraft and infrastructure, alter water quality and the aquatic food web, and ultimately impact native and sport fish communities. These … Continue reading Boaters Can Help Fight Spread of Invasive Mussels Over Memorial Day Weekend
California Wildlife Officers Recognized for Special Service Acts, with Medal of Valor Awards May 23, 2017 - California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers Chad Edwards and Michael Dilts received awards today at the 2017 Governor’s State Employee Medal of Valor Ceremony in Sacramento. These annual awards recognize state employees for heroic acts of bravery. Wardens Edwards and Dilts each received the “Special Service Award” (Silver Medal): “For an act of … Continue reading California Wildlife Officers Recognized for Special Service Acts, with Medal of Valor Awards
CDFW Plans Elk Capture in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties May 23, 2017 - Beginning this week and continuing through June 12, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) plans to capture as many as 30 elk calves in northeastern California. Rocky Mountain and Roosevelt elk calves will be captured in Siskiyou and Modoc counties on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands, and on private … Continue reading CDFW Plans Elk Capture in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties
Big Game Drawing Deadline Approaches May 19, 2017 - Time is running out for California hunters to apply for the 2017 Big Game Drawing. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is accepting applications for elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and deer tags as well as fundraising random drawing tags.  Applicants must complete the sales transaction before midnight June 2, 2017. Applications may be … Continue reading Big Game Drawing Deadline Approaches
CDFW Climate Change Expert Honored for Innovation May 19, 2017 - Dr. Amber Pairis, director of the Climate Science Alliance-South Coast, recently received the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Climate Adaption Leadership Award for Natural Resources. The award recognized her inventive approaches to preparing Southern California for the effects of climate change. The Climate Science Alliance is a partnership between the California Department of Fish and … Continue reading CDFW Climate Change Expert Honored for Innovation
Fish and Wildlife Director Extends Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Closure in Northern California Due to Public Health Hazard May 16, 2017 -   California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham, under new authority granted this year, has acted to extend the emergency commercial rock crab fishery closure that was due to expire on May 16. State health agencies determined last fall that rock crabs north of Pigeon Point (37° 11’ N. lat.) to the … Continue reading Fish and Wildlife Director Extends Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Closure in Northern California Due to Public Health Hazard
Pump Failure Kills Fall-Run Chinook Salmon at Feather River Fish Hatchery – Thermalito Facility May 11, 2017 - An estimated 200,000 to 300,000 fall-run Chinook salmon were killed early yesterday morning at the Feather River Fish Hatchery – Thermalito Facility due to a pump failure from a faulty wire. More than two million remaining salmon at the facility will be released over the next month as they reach an appropriate size. Overnight on … Continue reading Pump Failure Kills Fall-Run Chinook Salmon at Feather River Fish Hatchery – Thermalito Facility
Mojave River Hatchery to Temporarily Close to the Public April 29, 2017 - The Mojave River Hatchery near Victorville in San Bernardino County will be closed to the public as of May 1, to allow for maintenance and repairs of the raceways, buildings and equipment. The facility is expected to reopen in approximately three to four months when all repairs are complete. All fish currently at the hatchery … Continue reading Mojave River Hatchery to Temporarily Close to the Public
Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Opens May 1 with Additional Season Dates for 2017 April 29, 2017 - The 2017 recreational Pacific halibut fishery will commence Monday, May 1 for the first of four open periods. This season’s dates are May 1-June 15, July 1-15, Aug. 1-15 and Sept. 1-Oct. 31, or until the quota is reached, whichever is earlier. The open and closed periods are intended to provide fishing opportunities from spring … Continue reading Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Opens May 1 with Additional Season Dates for 2017
Wildlife Conservation Board Honored for Resource Conservation April 28, 2017 - The Green California Summit honored the California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) Tuesday night with the 2017 Leadership Award for Resource Conservation. The annual summit showcases strategies for emission reduction, water conservation, clean transportation and other environmentally sustainable practices, and supports attainment of the sustainability goals set by the state. The award was presented for projects … Continue reading Wildlife Conservation Board Honored for Resource Conservation
May 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar April 26, 2017 -   DATE — EVENT Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead a group, school or organization on a half-mile route through diverse wetlands. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. Tours can be catered to include requested information. … Continue reading May 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
Pilot Peak Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Released into Truckee Basin Waters April 26, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will start releasing Pilot Peak Lahontan cutthroat trout into Truckee area waters to give Sierra Nevada anglers the opportunity to catch some trophy sized trout in a year or two.  Last week CDFW received a shipment of cutthroat trout eggs from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife … Continue reading Pilot Peak Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Released into Truckee Basin Waters
California spiny lobster (CDFW photo by Derek Stein) Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due by April 30 April 24, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2016-2017 Spiny Lobster Report Card holders to submit online or return their cards by April 30, 2017, as required by law. The cards must be reported even if no lobsters were taken or no attempts were made to take lobsters. Information collected from the cards provides … Continue reading Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due by April 30
Mountain Lion DNA Found Inside Pescadero Home April 24, 2017 - A trace of mountain lion DNA was identified in a blood sample taken from inside a home in Pescadero, confirming reports that a mountain lion entered an occupied home and took a dog off the bed where the homeowner was sleeping. On Monday, Apr. 17, 2017, a Pescadero homeowner called 911 at 3 a.m. to … Continue reading Mountain Lion DNA Found Inside Pescadero Home
woman in uniform, surrounded by children near a wide river Earth Day Reminder: Everything We Do Affects Wildlife April 21, 2017 - Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day, a good time to remember what John Muir said so eloquently: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” That fact influences nearly everything the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) does to manage and protect the … Continue reading Earth Day Reminder: Everything We Do Affects Wildlife
General Trout Season Opens April 29 April 21, 2017 - The general trout opener in many counties throughout California will commence on Saturday, April 29, one hour before sunrise. Because of the popularity of this annual event with the angling public, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is making every effort to stock trout in all accessible waters approved for planting prior to … Continue reading General Trout Season Opens April 29
Abalone Survey Participation Deadline Extended April 21, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has extended the deadline to participate in an online public survey about recreational fishing for red abalone. To allow for greater participation, the survey will be open through April 30. The 20-question survey will help marine biologists gather public input to assist in the development of a … Continue reading Abalone Survey Participation Deadline Extended
Leave Young Wildlife Alone April 20, 2017 - With late spring and early summer being the peak time for California’s wildlife to bear their young, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is issuing a reminder to well-intentioned citizens: If you find a seemingly abandoned young wild animal, you should leave it alone. Even though it may be hard to resist picking … Continue reading Leave Young Wildlife Alone
Nominations Now Being Accepted for Fisheries Restoration Grant Program Peer Review Committee April 20, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) is seeking nominations from the public to fill three vacancies on the FRGP Peer Review Committee (PRC). Pursuant to the Public Resources Code, Section 6217, members of the PRC are appointed by the Director of CDFW to provide advice, oversight and recommendations … Continue reading Nominations Now Being Accepted for Fisheries Restoration Grant Program Peer Review Committee
State Agencies Pilot Wildlife Crossing Mitigation Credit System April 20, 2017 - California’s state wildlife and transportation departments signed a credit agreement on an innovative pilot project to create advanced mitigation credits for wildlife highway crossings. The mitigation crediting system developed for the Laurel Curve Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Project on Highway 17 in Santa Cruz County can be used to transition into a statewide program being developed through … Continue reading State Agencies Pilot Wildlife Crossing Mitigation Credit System
Lassen County Fishing Derby Postponed April 17, 2017 - Due to safety concerns over high water and unsafe conditions, the annual Susan River Youth Fishing Derby will be postponed. Sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the 28th annual derby was scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 22 on the Susan River in Susanville, Lassen County. “With all the rain … Continue reading Lassen County Fishing Derby Postponed
Low Salmon Projections Lead to Fisheries Restrictions, Some Closures in 2017 April 14, 2017 - Historically low numbers of fall-run and winter-run Chinook salmon have prompted the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) to drastically limit the state’s salmon fishery for the remainder of 2017. In the Klamath Management Zone, which is the area between the Oregon/California border and Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude), the entire ocean salmon … Continue reading Low Salmon Projections Lead to Fisheries Restrictions, Some Closures in 2017
CDFW Accepting Applications for Deer and Pig Hunting in Western Merced County April 11, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for a limited number of deer and pig hunt access permits on opening weekend, Aug. 12–13, 2017 in Zone A for the general season. The locations for this hunt include Upper and Lower Cottonwood Creek and the San Luis Reservoir wildlife areas. Reservations … Continue reading CDFW Accepting Applications for Deer and Pig Hunting in Western Merced County
Be Rattlesnake Safe this Spring April 7, 2017 - With the coming of spring and warmer weather conditions, snakes of many species are through hunkering down, making human encounters with these elusive creatures more likely. Although most native snakes are harmless, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recommends steering clear of the venomous rattlesnake  – and knowing what to do in the … Continue reading Be Rattlesnake Safe this Spring
Mojave ground squirrel There’s Still Time to Help Wildlife With Your State Income Tax Return April 4, 2017 - With tax returns due April 18, time is running out, but you can still help California’s rare, threatened and endangered species when you file your state return. In the Voluntary Contributions section you can donate any dollar amount to the California Sea Otter Fund on line 410 and the Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Program … Continue reading There’s Still Time to Help Wildlife With Your State Income Tax Return
April 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar March 30, 2017 - DATE – EVENT Various Days – Guided Wetland Tours at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead a group, school or organization on a half-mile route through diverse wetlands. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. Tours can be catered to include requested information. The … Continue reading April 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

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