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2022-2024 News Releases

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  • February 8, 2024
A herd of elk viewed from above during aerial surveys of big game populations.

CDFW is initiating annual helicopter surveys to inventory and monitor mule deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep populations throughout the state. Flights will be conducted in portions of Solano, Mendocino, Siskiyou, Modoc, Lassen, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties during February and March 2024.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, Hunting, Scientific Study, Wildlife, Wildlife Health
  • February 1, 2024
Bighorn sheep photographed in 2015 survey

CDFW, in partnership with U.S. Forest Service and the Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep, is seeking volunteers for the Annual Bighorn Sheep Survey in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

Categories: Outreach, Species, Wildlife, Wildlife Health
  • September 8, 2023

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), joined by state, federal and non-governmental organization partners, has intensified its response to help birds affected by avian botulism at Tulare Lake, contracting with the expert Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) to provide emergency veterinary care. Avian botulism is caused by a toxin-producing bacteria that occurs naturally in bodies of water like Tulare Lake.

Categories: Environment, Species, Wildlife, Wildlife Health
  • August 9, 2023
man upon airboat in shallow water

CDFW has launched aerial, ground and water surveys of Tulare Lake as part of a coordinated response to monitor and manage avian botulism occurrences due to stagnant and warming water conditions.

Categories: Waterfowl, Wildlife Health
  • July 14, 2023
sea otter floating on its back

USFWS and CDFW are responding to reports of a 5-year-old female southern sea otter exhibiting concerning and unusual behaviors in Santa Cruz, California, including repeatedly approaching surfers and kayakers recreating in the area.

Categories: Human Wildlife Conflict, Marine, Wildlife Health

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