CDFW’s San Joaquin Kit Fox Poster Contest Showcases Student Talent in Kern County

Contact: Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) held its first kit fox poster contest, challenging high school artists in the Bakersfield area to create posters that educate residents on the plight of the endangered San Joaquin kit fox.

The results for the contest are in, and the top prizes went to the following students:

• 1st, Bianca Medina, Liberty High School

• 2nd, Lyly Huynh, Liberty High School

• 3rd, Ali Vaughan, Bakersfield High School

• 4th (tie) Anastasiya Lugovskaya, Liberty High School and Kelsey Greenwood, Liberty High School

• 5th (tie) Mikaela Mercado, Liberty High School and Courtney Johnson, North High School

Ten additional entries were selected for honorable mentions.

“The 60-plus entries really impressed the judging team, which had to make tough decisions,” said CDFW regional manager Jeff Single. “All top entries creatively integrated CDFW’s ‘Keep Me Wild’ messages with original artwork. I could not be more pleased with the student participation.”

To view the entries, visit our Facebook page photo album titled “San Joaquin kit fox poster contest entries” at http://www.facebook.com/#!/CaliforniaDFW.

The contest was co-sponsored with the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of The Wildlife Society, the Sierra Club and Bass Pro Shops in Manteca.

Students from seven high schools near San Joaquin kit fox habitat participated to bring awareness of the dangers San Joaquin kit foxes face during pupping season.

San Joaquin kit foxes were relatively common until the 1930s but their populations have declined due to loss of native grassland habitat. They are listed under state and federal endangered species laws. For more information, visit: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/kitfox.html