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2017 Youth Essay Contest Offers Chance To Earn Lifetime Hunting License November 17, 2017 -   The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the California Wildlife Officers Foundation are again co-sponsoring the annual “Passing on the Tradition” essay contest for young hunters. The California Wildlife Officers Foundation will recognize one grand-prize winner with a lifetime California hunting license that is valued at more than $600. Second and third … Continue reading 2017 Youth Essay Contest Offers Chance To Earn Lifetime Hunting License
Kit Fox Endangered Foxes Poisoned By Rodenticides November 17, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is investigating the poisoning of two San Joaquin kit foxes found dead in Bakersfield last month. Although the foxes were found ten miles apart, the cause of death was the same: exposure to high levels of the second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide, brodifacoum, which resulted in severe internal bleeding … Continue reading Endangered Foxes Poisoned By Rodenticides
CDFW Offers Grants to Engage Hispanic Communities in Fishing Activities November 17, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting grant applications for fishing programs, classes and activities that educate and engage Hispanic communities. To be eligible for funding, programs must be: Ethnically inclusive: While a majority of participating families will be Hispanic, the event will be open to families of all races/ethnicities. Family-focused: … Continue reading CDFW Offers Grants to Engage Hispanic Communities in Fishing Activities
Cascades frog CDFW Seeks Information Related to Cascades Frog November 13, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking information relevant to a proposal to list the Cascades Frog as an endangered or threatened species. The Cascades Frog (Rana cascadae) inhabits a variety of habitats such as large lakes, ponds, wet meadows and streams at mid- to high-elevations range from the Klamath-Trinity region, along … Continue reading CDFW Seeks Information Related to Cascades Frog
Turkey Vultures Poisoned by Euthanasia Drugs November 7, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed that several turkey vultures have been poisoned from the veterinary euthanasia drug pentobarbital in the Simi Valley area of Ventura County. Seven turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) were found dead or impaired in Simi Valley in October. Two of these were successfully rehabilitated by the Ojai … Continue reading Turkey Vultures Poisoned by Euthanasia Drugs
California spiny lobster (CDFW photo by Derek Stein) A Section of the Commercial Spiny Lobster Fishery Closure around Anacapa Island has been Lifted November 3, 2017 - Today the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham lifted a portion of the commercial fishery closure around Anacapa Island east of 119°30.000’ W. longitude and north of 34°00.000’ N. latitude as recommended by state health agencies. According to the notice from the Director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard … Continue reading A Section of the Commercial Spiny Lobster Fishery Closure around Anacapa Island has been Lifted
CDFW Expanding Lands Pass Program to Dozens of Properties in 2017-18 October 31, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is expanding its Lands Pass Program to 41 wildlife areas and ecological reserves this fall and winter and will soon require a CDFW lands pass of all visitors 16 or older. Those carrying a current hunting or fishing license are exempt from this new requirement. CDFW’s Lands … Continue reading CDFW Expanding Lands Pass Program to Dozens of Properties in 2017-18
Wild Pheasant Hunting Season Opener Nears October 26, 2017 - The second weekend of November brings a popular tradition for many families in California – the opening of pheasant season. Although the overall wild pheasant population has been decreasing in recent years and the number of hunt days has been reduced on some wildlife areas, opportunities are still available on state-managed lands. The 2017 general … Continue reading Wild Pheasant Hunting Season Opener Nears
November 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar October 25, 2017 - DATE — EVENT Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours, By Reservation, at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead any group, school or organization on a half-mile route through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. … Continue reading November 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities Available Soon at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Alameda County October 25, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering waterfowl hunting opportunities at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve (ELER) in Hayward during the 2017-18 season. The reserve includes former commercial salt ponds now managed by CDFW as low-salinity water bird habitat and areas restored to full tidal action. Access to ELER for waterfowl hunting … Continue reading Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities Available Soon at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Alameda County
California spiny lobster (CDFW photo by Derek Stein) Commercial Spiny Lobster Fishery Closed at Anacapa Island and the East End of Santa Cruz Island Due to Public Health Hazard October 24, 2017 - California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham has enacted a commercial spiny lobster fishery closure effective immediately. State health agencies determined that spiny lobster near Anacapa Island, Ventura County and the east end of Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara County had unhealthy levels of domoic acid and recommended closure of the … Continue reading Commercial Spiny Lobster Fishery Closed at Anacapa Island and the East End of Santa Cruz Island Due to Public Health Hazard
New Laws Enhance Poaching Penalties to Better Protect Wildlife October 24, 2017 - As many big game hunting seasons progress into the fall, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers have a new tool to deter poaching and punish violators for serious poaching crimes. Legislation sponsored by the wildlife conservation community approved enhancements of penalties for the illegal take of trophy-class animals. Under Fish and Game Code … Continue reading New Laws Enhance Poaching Penalties to Better Protect Wildlife
Invasive New Zealand Mudsnails Found in Carmel River – Residents and Visitors Urged to Help Prevent Further Spread October 12, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed the presence of New Zealand mudsnails in Monterey County’s Carmel River. The highly invasive, nonnative snails have been detected by the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District at multiple locations in the lower river, including near the Highway 1 crossing, the Valley Greens Drive bridge, and … Continue reading Invasive New Zealand Mudsnails Found in Carmel River – Residents and Visitors Urged to Help Prevent Further Spread
Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Opening Soon October 6, 2017 - Hunters have a lot to look forward to this fall when the California waterfowl season opens. The season opens Saturday, Oct. 7 in the Northeastern California Zone and on Saturday, Oct. 21 in most other zones. “Habitat conditions look good in most areas and the majority of waterfowl populations continue to be at all-time highs,” … Continue reading Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Opening Soon
Yelloweye Rockfish Changes to Recreational Groundfish Regulations Effective Oct. 16 October 5, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces new restrictions on recreational fishing for groundfish in waters north of Point Conception to the Oregon/California border. Changes to authorized fishing depths described below take effect Monday, Oct. 16 at 12:01 a.m., and will remain in place through the remainder of 2017. The recreational groundfish fishery … Continue reading Changes to Recreational Groundfish Regulations Effective Oct. 16
Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder to Open Oct. 9 October 3, 2017 - The Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder on the American River will open on Monday, Oct. 9 at 10:45 a.m. The ladder is opening unusually early in the season to accommodate the arrival of returning adult fall-run Chinook salmon that hatched in the Coleman National Fish Hatchery (CNFH) in Battle Creek in 2014. Eggs from fall-run Chinook … Continue reading Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder to Open Oct. 9
CDFW Biologists Predict Good Quail Hunting Season in 2017-18 September 29, 2017 - California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) biologists are expecting a very good quail hunting season when the general seasons open, thanks to rebounding populations that benefitted from California’s wet fall and winter in 2016. California’s prolonged drought reduced quail populations statewide. Biologists found overall declines of 33 percent for mountain quail, 29 percent for … Continue reading CDFW Biologists Predict Good Quail Hunting Season in 2017-18
Fall is the Season for Heightened Bear Activity in the High Country and Foothills September 28, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the U.S. Forest Service remind citizens visiting or living in the high country and foothills that fall is the time of year for increased bear foraging activity and more human and bear encounters are possible. California black bears are typically active and foraging between April and … Continue reading Fall is the Season for Heightened Bear Activity in the High Country and Foothills
October 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar September 28, 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 customized to include requested information. The … Continue reading October 2017 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar
California spiny lobster (CDFW photo by Derek Stein) New Regulations for Recreational Lobster Fishing Take Effect for 2017 Opener September 26, 2017 - As the popular recreational California Spiny Lobster fishing season prepares to open on Saturday, Sept. 30, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds divers and hoop netters of new regulations that will be in effect for the 2017-2018 season. The California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) adopted commercial and recreational lobster fishing regulations … Continue reading New Regulations for Recreational Lobster Fishing Take Effect for 2017 Opener
Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project Draft EIR Released September 25, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project. CDFW is the lead agency for the DEIR. CDFW, in partnership with the State Coastal Conservancy and The Bay Foundation, has spent years working with the public and envisioning a plan for the revitalization of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological … Continue reading Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project Draft EIR Released
Sonoma County Couple Named Hunter Education Instructors of the Year September 22, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) named Sonoma County husband and wife Tom and Sharon Henderson as 2017 Hunter Education Instructors of the Year. This is the first time the honor has been awarded to two instructors. “The Hendersons are an amazing team who have dedicated so much to the Hunter Education Program. … Continue reading Sonoma County Couple Named Hunter Education Instructors of the Year
Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by Getting Outdoors September 21, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are joining to celebrate California’s long-standing outdoor heritage and the contributions made to wildlife conservation by hunters and anglers on National Hunting and Fishing Day. Saturday, Sept. 23 is National Hunting and Fishing Day and California hunting and fishing seasons … Continue reading Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by Getting Outdoors
CDFW Arrests Four Suspects for Commercial Sale of Sport Harvest Abalone September 21, 2017 -   Wildlife officers have arrested four suspects on charges of harvesting abalone with a recreational fishing license then selling it on the black market for profit, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced. The arrests were preceded by a five-month investigation of the suspects, some of whom have been previously convicted of similar … Continue reading CDFW Arrests Four Suspects for Commercial Sale of Sport Harvest Abalone
Registration Is Open for Sandhill Crane Tours: New Requirement in Late Fall September 19, 2017 - The online registration period is now open for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) popular Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve near Lodi in San Joaquin County. Online registration is required to participate in these late-afternoon guided tours, which start in October and run through February. The tours take place … Continue reading Registration Is Open for Sandhill Crane Tours: New Requirement in Late Fall
CDFW Offering Free Tundra Swan Tours This Fall and Winter September 18, 2017 - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will offer free swan tours near Marysville on Saturdays beginning in November and extending through mid-January. Co-hosted by local rice farmers, the naturalist-led tours will focus on tundra swans in one of the premier locations for viewing swans in California. Ducks, geese, shorebirds, herons, egrets and raptors … Continue reading CDFW Offering Free Tundra Swan Tours This Fall and Winter
Feather River Hatchery Salmon Ladder Now Open September 18, 2017 - The fish ladder at Feather River Hatchery in Oroville opened Monday, Sept. 18, signaling the start of the spawning season on the Feather River. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) hatchery workers opened the gates in the ladder about 8 a.m. Normally more than 3 million spring-run eggs and 12 million fall-run eggs are taken … Continue reading Feather River Hatchery Salmon Ladder Now Open
Watch Out for Wildlife Week Reminds Motorists to Slow Down & Be Alert September 14, 2017 - Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) remind motorists to remain alert for wildlife on roadways during Watch Out for Wildlife Week, which runs September 18-24.
California’s General Deer Season Opens Sept. 16 Across Much of the State; Hunters Advised to Check Area Closures Before Heading Out September 11, 2017 - Deer season is already underway in California’s A and B4 deer hunting zones along the coast, but the majority of general zones – B1-B3, B5, B6, C1-C4, D6 and D7 – open Saturday, Sept. 16. Several other deer hunting zones – D3-D5 and D8-D10 – open the following week, on Saturday, Sept. 23. Severe winter … Continue reading California’s General Deer Season Opens Sept. 16 Across Much of the State; Hunters Advised to Check Area Closures Before Heading Out
Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery to End Sunday, Sept. 10 September 8, 2017 - The recreational Pacific halibut fishery will end Sunday, Sept. 10 at 11:59 p.m. for the remainder of 2017. Based on the latest catch projections, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) expects to have met the 2017 California recreational quota of 34,580 pounds. California’s 2017 quota was approximately 5,000 pounds greater than the 2016 … Continue reading Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery to End Sunday, Sept. 10

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