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  • 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
  • November 9, 2021
A Lake Tahoe Basin black bear forages for natural food in the forest.

Bears are entering hyperphagia, or the time of year when they seek massive amounts of calories for the winter den cycle, and they will still be on the hunt for Kokanee salmon, seeds, berries, grubs, and other high-protein foods. Human food should not fall into this category.

Categories: Bears, Wildlife
  • November 9, 2021
A desert bighorn ram climbs high in the steep rocky landscape of the Cady Mountains in San Bernardino County.

CDFW invites nonprofit organizations to support wildlife research, habitat and management by auctioning off limited big game hunting tags for the 2022-23 season.

Categories: Big Game, Hunting, Scientific Study, Wildlife
  • October 13, 2021
A sea otter swims on its back with its belly up.

Extended tax filers are nearing the final 2020 filing deadline with the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB). Friday, Oct. 15 is the last day to pay state taxes – and there’s a simple way for extended filers to have a positive impact on our native threatened and endangered species on their California Income Tax Form 540.

Categories: Marine, Rare Species, Wildlife
  • October 8, 2021
panoramic view of bay and surrounding marsh woodlands

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced the temporary closure of the Ocean Ranch Unit within the Eel River Wildlife Area as habitat and restoration work intensifies there with the use of heavy equipment. The unit is being closed to all public access for safety.

Categories: Habitat Restoration, Hunting, Lands, Waterfowl, Wildlife
  • 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
  • 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 10, 2021
A single Canada goose stretches and flaps its wings while sitting on water.

CDFW has announced that the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area in Siskiyou County will be closed to waterfowl hunting for the entirety of the 2021-22 season as a result of lost wetlands and waterfowl habitat due to drought conditions.

Categories: Drought, Hunting, Lands, Waterfowl, Wildlife
  • September 8, 2021
Three bears feast on food they pulled out of an unattended recreational vehicle after breaking into it in South Lake Tahoe.

Residents and visitors returning to the South Lake and West Shore areas of Lake Tahoe should be aware that bears have been seeking out human food sources during the evacuation and taking advantage of the lack of human presence. As you approach your residence, look and listen carefully for signs that a bear has been or is in your home. If a bear is in your home, call 911. Do not attempt to chase it out yourself. Your safety is your responsibility!

Categories: Bears, Fire, Wildlife
  • August 28, 2021
mourning dove stands  on alert

California’s dove season opens Wednesday, Sept. 1, and CDFW has prepared crop fields at many of its most popular wildlife areas throughout the state to attract doves and provide productive dove hunting opportunities for the public.

Categories: Hunting, Lands, Wildlife

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