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CDFW Holds Open Meetings for Public Release of Salmon Production and Water Operations Tools

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

Computer Simulation Models Assist With Salmon Population Estimates and More

WHAT: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is holding two open meetings in June where water operations and salmon production computer simulation models will be released to the public.

The first meeting addresses the San Joaquin River Basin-wide Water Operations and Temperature Model (HEC-5Q) which simulates reservoir storage, river flow and water temperature on a daily basis in the San Joaquin River and its tributaries, including the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus Rivers. This model estimates hydropower generation from the main dams in the basin, including New Melones, New Don Pedro, New Exchequer and Friant. The model also includes estimation of electrical conductivity (EC) on a weekly time-step at various locations throughout the San Joaquin River Basin. Following the meeting, this model will be available for download at a web site provided during the meeting.

The second meeting will unveil the new web-based Salmon Simulator model, called SALSIM Version 2, for the fall-run Chinook salmon population in the San Joaquin River and its tributaries, the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers. This model covers the full life history cycle of fall-run Chinook salmon and includes river, Delta and ocean habitats, water temperature and predator abundance. This web-based version will be accessible at http://www.salsim.com after the meeting.

WHY: The models presented may be used by other state and federal agencies, local governments, water management agencies, environmental groups and researchers to assist with forecasting, reservoir management and understanding how environmental variables influence salmon production across diverse habitats.

WHEN and WHERE:
HEC-5Q San Joaquin River Basin-wide Temperature Model
Fri., June 7, 2013 – 10:00am to 1:00pm
Coastal Hearing Room – Second Floor
Joe Serna Jr. – Cal/EPA Building
1001 I Street, Sacramento

SALSIM Version 2
Tues., June 11, 2013 – 10:00am to 1:00pm
Byron Sher Auditorium – Second Floor
Joe Serna Jr. – Cal/EPA Building
1001 I Street, Sacramento

Additional Information:
Video broadcast of meetings will be available at: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Broadcast/.

For a map to Cal/EPA Building, visit: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/EPABldg/location.htm.

For security purposes, all visitors are required to sign in and receive a badge prior to entering the building. Valid picture identification may be required due to the security level so please allow up to 15 minutes for this process. Individuals who require special accommodations are requested to contact the Office of Employee Assistance, at (916) 341-5881.

For more information about these meetings, contact: John M. Shelton – jshelton@wildlife.ca.gov or (559) 243-4014 x 233.

Suspected Bear Poachers Face Charges in El Dorado County Court

Media Contact: Warden Mark Michilizzi, CDFW Enforcement, (916) 651-2084

Two men arrested on suspicion of unlawfully killing bear and possession of bear parts for sale are scheduled to be arraigned in El Dorado County Superior Court on June 4.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers arrested Peter George Vitali, of Pioneer, and Arthur Martin Blake, of River Pines, in the Eldorado National Forest on April 20 after finding them in possession of 20 large bear claws and three bear gall bladders.

At the time of their arrest, bear season was closed in California. Evidence developed during the investigation suggested the suspects recently killed three bears, likely a sow and two cubs. The investigation determined that the claws, liver and gall bladder were removed from the sow and only the liver and gall bladder were removed from the other two bears.

The bile contained inside bear gall bladders is believed by some to have medicinal properties and is sold on the black market. Bear claws and other bear parts are also unlawfully sold in California. Under California Fish and Game laws, it is a felony offense to sell, purchase or possess for sale any bear part. Under California law, possession of more than one bear gall bladder is prima facie evidence that the bear gall bladders are possessed for sale.

Hunting Licenses, Big Game Drawing Applications Now Available

Media Contacts:
Maria Melchiorre, CDFW License and Revenue Branch, (916) 928-6881
Craig Stowers, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-3553
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced hunters may now apply online for the Big Game drawing and purchase 2013-2014 hunting licenses. Transactions may be conducted at any CDFW license sales office, license agent or online.

All hunt tags for premium deer, elk, antelope and bighorn sheep are awarded through CDFW’s Big Game drawing. To qualify, the sales transaction must be completed before midnight on June 2, 2013. When completed, the customer will receive a receipt to show their hunt choices have been entered in the drawing. Mail-in applications will not be accepted. Beginning June 21, hunters may contact a CDFW license sales office or look online to check the results.

The following resources are available to assist hunters:

•To find a license agent near you or to purchase items online, visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing.

•To learn more about the Big Game drawing application process, view the 2013 California Hunting Digest (2013 Big Game) at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/publications/digest/.

•To purchase a license and submit drawing applications by telephone, contact the license sales line at (800) 565-1458.

Fund-raising Drawing Opportunities
CDFW’s random draw fund-raising program includes tags for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and a bighorn sheep. Last year, those opportunities generated more than $300,000 for wildlife conservation.

The drawings for deer, elk and antelope are open to anyone 12 years of age or older as of July 1, 2013. The bighorn sheep drawing is open to anyone 16 years of age or older as of July 1, 2013. The cost to enter the drawings is $5.97 per entry, per hunt. Applicants do not need a valid hunting license to apply, and may apply for the drawings as many times as they wish by June 2, 2013. Winners will be required to purchase an annual hunting license. However, the tag will be issued at no additional cost.

Marble / Clipper and South Bristol Mountains Desert Bighorn Sheep Tag
The fund-raising random drawing bighorn sheep tag allows the hunter to hunt in the Marble / Clipper and South Bristol hunt zones with any legal method. The hunt dates are from Nov. 2, 2013 to Feb. 3, 2014, which is one month in advance of the general season. Any resident or nonresident who will be age 16 or older as of July 1, 2013 may apply as many times as they want. If successful, the hunter must attend CDFW’s mandatory bighorn sheep hunter orientation meeting before the tag is issued. Free guide services have been offered to the recipient of the random drawing fund-raising sheep tag.

Open Zone Deer Tag
An open zone deer tag allows the hunter to hunt during the authorized season dates of any hunt, using the specific method and meeting any special conditions of the tag for that hunt. Any resident or nonresident who will be age 12 or older as of July 1, 2013 may apply.

Northeastern California Pronghorn Antelope Tag
The fund-raising random drawing antelope tag allows the hunter to hunt in any of the northeastern antelope zones, (Mount Dome, Clear Lake, Likely Tables, Lassen, Big Valley and Surprise Valley) with any legal method. The hunt dates are from Aug. 3 to Sept. 22, 2013. Any resident or nonresident who will be age 12 or older as of July 1, 2013 may apply.

Owens Valley Elk Tag
The fund-raising random drawing tule elk tag allows hunting in any of the Owens Valley zones (Bishop, Independence, Lone Pine, Tinemaha, West Tinemaha, Tinemaha Mountain, and Whitney) with any legal method. The hunt dates are from July 27 to Aug. 25, 2013. Any resident or nonresident who will be age 12 or older as of July 1, 2013 may apply.