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2022-2024 News Releases

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  • September 21, 2023
A cluster of New Zealand mudsnails atop a rock.

CDFW was informed by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) that divers monitoring for aquatic invasive species in Lake Tahoe detected invasive New Zealand mudsnails (Potamopyrgus antipodarum) in areas off the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. New Zealand mudsnail samples were subsequently positively identified by experts within CDFW and an outside genetics lab. This is the first time the species has been detected in Lake Tahoe.

Categories: Environment, Fisheries, Fishing, Invasive Species, Outreach
  • September 18, 2023
A pair of pintail ducks, male and female, rest on a wetland pond.

CDFW will reopen the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area in Siskiyou County to limited waterfowl hunting this season after a complete closure the past two seasons. Although many parts of California received record rainfall and snowpack during the winter and spring of 2022-23, northeastern California remained comparatively dry. As a result, only dry field hunting will be allowed for waterfowl hunting this season at the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area.

Categories: Environment, Hunting, Klamath Basin, Lands, Waterfowl
  • 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
  • September 7, 2023
A close-up view of a Sacramento Perch being held out of the water before release into Bridgeport Reservoir, Mono County.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in partnership with the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation has introduced Sacramento perch to Lindo Lake in Lakeside in an effort to establish the first population of Sacramento perch in Southern California and create a unique urban fishing opportunity in the future.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Species
  • August 30, 2023

It’s a national holiday for some that doesn’t show up on any calendar. A day to rekindle friendships, of barbecues and extended family reunions. It’s a day some Californians pick El Centro over El Capitan, when Blythe and Brawley best Beverly Hills, a day it’s better to have hotel reservations closer to Calipatria than Carmel. It’s the single busiest day on the hunting calendar when more Californians are out hunting than any other. It’s the Sept. 1 statewide dove season opener.

Categories: Hunting, Lands, Law Enforcement, Licensing

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