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  • July 13, 2021
deer fawns in the wild

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed outbreaks of adenovirus hemorrhagic disease in deer in several northern California counties and is asking California residents to help curb the spread by not feeding wild animals, and report potential cases to the department.

Categories: Wildlife
  • July 13, 2021
Illegal water diversion on watershed tributary.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), in conjunction with their state and county partners, are preparing for the 2021 cannabis enforcement season.

Categories: Cannabis, Law Enforcement
  • July 12, 2021
Ducks, geese and shorebirds fill the wetlands along the Auto Tour Loop at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in Butte County in the fall.

The auto tour loop along with some nearby hiking trails on the west side of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in Butte County will close for about two weeks in July to accommodate construction to improve water management, wildlife habitat and visitor experience. Work is scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 14, 2021, near Parking Lot 14 and last about two weeks. The auto tour loop and nearby hiking trails are scheduled to reopen July 26, 2021, in plenty of time for bird watching during peak fall and winter migrations. Construction delays could impact the timing of reopening.

Categories: Grants, Habitat Restoration, Lands, Wildlife
  • July 1, 2021
closeup of  Caulerpa prolifera, a form of algae

A removal effort will begin next week to eradicate an invasive algae species identified in Newport Bay in March 2021. The algae, which is native to Florida and other subtropical and tropical locales, is scientifically known as Caulerpa prolifera.

Categories: Algae Removal, Fishing, General
  • July 1, 2021

CDFW has undertaken the largest wildfire protection and resiliency effort in its history, working to safeguard nearly all of its wildlife areas, ecological reserves and the surrounding communities from wildfire ahead of peak wildfire season this summer and fall.

Categories: Budget, Drought, Fire, Habitat Restoration, Invasive Species, Lands, Rare Species, Scientific Study, Wildlife
  • July 1, 2021
Two anglers show off their catches of two crappie aboard a boat on Clear Lake in Lake County, California

The first of two 2021 Free Fishing Days in California occurs Saturday, July 3, when no sport fishing license is needed. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) urges anglers to fish responsibly and choose those waters not suffering extensively from drought conditions.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Fishing
  • June 30, 2021
A freshly caught Chinook salmon laying on river rocks next to  a fishing rod and reel.

The spring Chinook salmon fishery on the lower Klamath River (downstream of the Highway 96 bridge at Weitchpec) and Trinity River (upstream of the confluence of the South Fork Trinity River) will open July 1 and run through Aug. 14 on the Klamath River and through Aug. 31 on the Trinity River.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing
  • June 29, 2021
Waders and boat anglers fishing on river.

July 2021 CDFW Calendar of Events

Categories: Calendar
  • June 29, 2021
A Pacifc halibut is measured on the floor of a boat.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced that the recreational Pacific halibut fishery will close Wednesday, June 30 at 11:59 p.m. for the remainder of 2021.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing
  • June 23, 2021
mountain lion, after release, running into wilderness

A young mountain lion left orphaned after its mother was killed in traffic, has been released into the wild after months of care provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the San Diego Humane Society (Ramona Wildlife Center).

Categories: Wildlife

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