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  • October 4, 2021
A hatchery worker shows off an adult spring-run Chinook salmon.

CDFW and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) have announced a joint effort at the Feather River Fish Hatchery in Butte County to aid in offsetting impacts to spring-run and fall-run Chinook salmon resulting from this year’s extreme drought conditions.

Categories: Fisheries, Hatcheries, Marine, Salmon
  • October 4, 2021
Seven white tundra swans  float in a  flooded rice field in the Sacramento Valley.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering free Swan Tours in Yuba County near Marysville on select Saturdays November through January.

Categories: Waterfowl, Wildlife
  • October 4, 2021

Take of all fish and shellfish is immediately prohibited from Huntington Beach to Dana Point, including the shorelines and offshore areas and all bays due to an oil spill in Southern California.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine
  • October 1, 2021
Collared wolf lying on forest floor

Between September 20 and 26, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife received three separate reports of a gray wolf with a purple collar in northern Ventura County. CDFW staff began site inspections and have confirmed recent wolf tracks in the vicinity.

Categories: Rare Species, Species, Wildlife
  • September 29, 2021
Fisherman casting line in the American River

October 2021 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

Categories: Calendar
  • September 29, 2021
elk crossing street in Mendocino County

As the season changes and Californians turn their clocks back an hour, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is urging drivers to be extra alert for wildlife on the state’s roads and highways.

Categories: Bears, Deer, Human Wildlife Conflict, Wildlife
  • September 28, 2021
Mixing pond found at an illegal grow  on CDFW property.

On Sept.9, wildlife officers shut down an illegal cannabis operation on state property in southern Sacramento County. The illegal grow was discovered on the eastern end of the Cosumnes River Preserve near Highway 99 on land owned by CDFW.

Categories: Cannabis
  • September 25, 2021
A party boat plies the waters off the Golden Gate Bridge in search of Chinook salmon.

California hunters and anglers have reason to celebrate Saturday, Sept. 25. Not only is it National Hunting and Fishing Day – a nationwide thank you to the contributions hunters and anglers make to fish and wildlife conservation – but California’s outdoor opportunities are opening up once again in time for peak fall hunting and fishing seasons.

Categories: Deer, Fire, Fishing, Hunting, Salmon
  • September 23, 2021
California spiny lobster in water

California’s recreational spiny lobster season is set to kick off Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at 6 a.m., continuing through March 16, 2022. Last year’s season was particularly active, likely driven by residents looking for opportunities for outdoor activities during COVID-19 lockdowns.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine
  • September 20, 2021
water hyacinth in California

CDFW has temporarily restricted boat use at the Mendota Wildlife Area in Fresno County.

Categories: Invasive Species, Lands, Species

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