Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937
Michael Taugher, spokesperson for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), passed away this weekend at age 51 while on vacation with his family in Hawaii. California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird and CDFW Director Charlton Bonham issued the following statements:
“On behalf of the Governor and the entire Brown Administration, I want to extend my most sincere condolences to the family of Mike Taugher. I worked with him both as a reporter and in his role at Fish and Wildlife. It was clear that the Contra Costa Times was lucky to have him as a reporter, and we were equally as lucky to work with such a talented media professional.
“Mike was vital to this institution professionally, but more than that, he was a kind, caring person who clearly was a devoted father and husband. His loss is tragic and will be widely felt.”
“The entire Department of Fish and Wildlife family today mourns the loss of Mike Taugher. He was simply an exceptional man who brought a warmth and professionalism to his job that is rare. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, two children and extended family who have lost their husband and father at far too young of an age. Mike was a friend and a colleague. He made our department a much better place and was all the things we as Californians hope to see in public servants.
“Mike brought such enthusiasm and positivity to his work. This loss is heartbreaking. I will miss him greatly as will the Department of Fish and Wildlife.”