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  • February 24, 2022
turkeys in natural environment

California’s general spring turkey season opens statewide March 26 and runs through May 1. With growing populations of wild turkeys in many parts of the state, spring turkey season has become one of the more anticipated opportunities on the hunting calendar.

Categories: General, Hunting, R3
  • February 9, 2022
Student art contest winning entry

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is pleased to announce the ninth annual California Invasive Species Youth Art Contest. This year’s theme, “Unite to Fight Invasive Species,” reflects the need for all Californians to work together to prevent the spread and impacts of invasive species.

Categories: General, Invasive Species
  • February 4, 2022
two bobcats in natural habitat

Livermore native Sue Crow Griffin’s image of affection displayed by a mother bobcat to her offspring along an Alameda County walking path has earned the 2021 grand prize in the 10th annual California Wildlife Photo of the Year contest.

Categories: Education, General, Rare Species, Wildlife
  • February 2, 2022
sand dune with sprouting plants

CDFW’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) is seeking grant applications to help fund projects that enhance or restore habitat for wildlife, with available funding totaling more than $750,000.

Categories: General, Habitat Restoration
  • January 27, 2022
hairy black pig in grassy field

CDFW is offering wild pig hunting opportunities in March, April and May at the Joice Island Unit of the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County.

Categories: Big Game, General, Hunting, Lands
  • January 12, 2022
Image of CDFW law enforcement vessel Thresher

A San Diego County judge recently imposed a $5,000 fine on a Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessel (CPFV) operating in a Marine Protected Area (MPA), CDFW announced.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, General, Law Enforcement, Marine
  • December 9, 2021
Dungeness crab on boat

Fishing Zone 4 (Pigeon Point to Lopez Point) will open for recreational Dungeness crab trap fishing under a Fleet Advisory beginning at 9 a.m. on Dec. 10, 2021. The commercial fishery will open in Zone 4 under a Fleet Advisory and Depth Constraint at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 16, 2021, with a pre-soak period to begin at 8:01 a.m. on Dec. 13, 2021.

Categories: Fisheries, General, Marine
  • December 8, 2021
Wildlife officers pulling lobster trap from a poacher's boat

A five-month-long investigation on a commercial lobster poaching suspect concluded with a conviction in Los Angeles County Superior Court, CDFW announced.

Categories: General, Law Enforcement, Marine
  • December 6, 2021
Image of poacher with buck

A Tehama County man has pleaded guilty to deer poaching charges stemming from an August 2020 poaching investigation. Kaden Pearce, 23, of Red Bluff, killed a large buck (male deer) in a local walnut orchard where he did not have legal permission to hunt. He then falsified the location information when he reported the deer harvest on his deer tag as required by hunting regulations.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, General, Hunting
  • November 24, 2021
Image of wolf OR-93

On Nov. 10, OR93 was found dead near Interstate 5 near the town of Lebec, California. Following a full investigation and necropsy, CDFW has determined that the wolf died from trauma consistent with vehicular strike and does not suspect foul play.

Categories: General, Rare Species, Species, Wildlife

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