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  • 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
  • November 2, 2021
A new mural painting of Chinook salmon adorns the elevated feed storage bins at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Sacramento

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation have announced a joint effort at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Sacramento County to increase production of fall-run Chinook salmon by 500,000 smolts to help combat effects of the drought.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Habitat Restoration, Hatcheries
  • October 22, 2021
Long plastic raceways hold juvenile trout inside the Hot Creek Trout Hatchery facility in Mono County.

CDFW has detected a bacterial outbreak at its Hot Creek Trout Hatchery in Mono County – the second time in 2021 that Lactococcus garvieae has been confirmed in some trout at the hatchery.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries, Wildlife Health
  • October 20, 2021
river running through steep, forested mountains

Based upon CDFW projections of the recreational fall-run Chinook salmon catch on the Trinity River, anglers will soon meet the quotas for both the Upper Trinity River and Lower Trinity River.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Klamath Basin, Salmon
  • 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 11, 2021
A freshly caught Chinook salmon on the rocks with fishing tackle alongside.

Based upon CDFW projections of the recreational fall-run Chinook salmon catch on the Klamath River, anglers will meet the Upper Klamath River adult fall-run Chinook salmon quota below Iron Gate Dam for the 2021 season as of 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Klamath Basin, Salmon
  • 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
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

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