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  • 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
  • September 7, 2021
Image of California Floristic Province

California is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, with more than 30,000 species of insects, 6,500 plants, 650 birds, 220 mammals, 100 reptiles, 75 amphibians, 70 freshwater fish, and 100 species of marine fish and mammals. We celebrate the unique diversity of living things found in our state, and encourage actions to protect them, on California Biodiversity Day, held Sept. 7 of each year.

Categories: General, Species
  • September 7, 2021
A lucky angler holds up  a large Chinook salmon caught on the Klamath River.

Based upon California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) projections of the recreational fall Chinook salmon catch on the Klamath River, anglers will meet the Lower Klamath River adult fall Chinook salmon quota below the Highway 96 Bridge near Weitchpec for the 2021 season as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Categories: Fisheries, Klamath Basin, Salmon, Species
  • September 1, 2021
Dixie Fire - smoke over trees

CDFW has closed 34 properties that lie within or immediately adjacent to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) boundaries due to extreme fire conditions. Effective immediately, these properties are closed to the public through Friday, Sept. 17.

Categories: Fire, Lands
  • September 1, 2021
Quagga mussel infestation shown on pipe

California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels are reminding boaters to remain cautious over Labor Day weekend.

Categories: Fishing, Invasive Species
  • August 31, 2021
woman measuring Pacific halibut on fishing vessel

CDFW has announced that the recreational Pacific halibut fishery will reopen on Friday, Sept. 3 at 12 a.m. and remain open until Nov. 15 or until the quota is reached, whichever is earlier.

Categories: Fisheries, Species
  • August 31, 2021
Red-winged blackbird in reeds at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area.

September 2021 CDFW Calendar

Categories: Calendar
  • August 31, 2021
Wildlife friendly grown cannabis plant at Huckleberry Hill Farms

CDFW's Cannabis Restoration Grant Program today announced a call for concept proposals in preparation for the qualified cultivator funding opportunity.

Categories: Cannabis, Grants
  • August 30, 2021
Rendering of grassy overcrossing going over large freeway in mountains

WCB approved an augmented grant of $20 million for construction of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Overpass Crossing over U.S. Highway 101 in the Liberty Canyon area of Los Angeles County. At the same Aug. 26 quarterly meeting, the WCB approved approximately $26 million in grants for another 26 projects and announced two new board members.

Categories: WCB
  • August 28, 2021

Earlier this week, CDFW received trail camera video from May 15, 2021 showing a collared gray wolf in southwest Kern County.

Categories: Wildlife

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