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  • April 29, 2022
A young deer fawn climbs  over a rocky landscape to keep up with its mother and siblings.

Late spring and early summer is the peak time for California’s deer herds to give birth to fawns, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is issuing a reminder to well-intentioned people to not interact with the baby deer – even if they find one that appears to be abandoned.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, Human Wildlife Conflict, Wildlife, Wildlife Health
  • April 26, 2022
Stock photo of a tule elk in a field

California hunters can now purchase hunting licenses for the 2022-23 season, as well as apply for the Big Game Drawing online. Californians have many options to bring home wild game for their dinner table, and at this time, the current COVID-19 pandemic is not expected to lead to the closure or delay of any hunting seasons.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, Hunting, Lands, R3, Wildlife
  • April 25, 2022
California Fish and Game Commission logo

At its April meeting the California Fish and Game Commission acted on several issues affecting California’s natural resources. The following are just a few items of interest from this week’s meeting held in Monterey and Trinidad, with an option for the public to join via Zoom.

Categories: Bears, Big Game, FGC, Fisheries, General, Marine, Rare Species, Wildlife
  • March 28, 2022
A wild, male ring-necked pheasant emerges from heavy cover at the Little Dry Creek Unit, Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area.

State legislation to incentivize the creation of upland nesting habitat for ducks and other ground-nesting game birds in California will result in a $10 surcharge on the price of both the California Duck Validation and the Upland Game Bird Validation next hunting season.

Categories: Drought, Habitat Restoration, Hunting, Lands, Licensing, Waterfowl, Wildlife
  • March 21, 2022
Brown adult Southern Sierra Nevada Fisher on a log.

You can have a positive impact on key issues affecting California’s native species when you donate to CDFW’s tax check-off funds on your California State Income Tax Form 540.

Categories: General, Habitat Restoration, Rare Species, Wildlife
  • 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
  • December 7, 2021

The CDFW 2022 Warden Stamp is now available for purchase online.

Categories: Law Enforcement, Wildlife
  • December 7, 2021

Eight chimpanzees that were living at the now-closed Wildlife Waystation wild animal sanctuary near Los Angeles have been moved to the Center for Great Apes in Florida.

Categories: Urban Wildlife, Wildlife, Wildlife Health
  • November 24, 2021
A sweeping, panoramic view of CDFWs Ocean Ranch Unit, Eel River Wildlife Area, in Humboldt County.

CDFW will reopen the Ocean Ranch Unit within the Eel River Wildlife Area to waterfowl hunting and other public access beginning Wednesday, Dec. 1 as the majority of habitat restoration work taking place there winds down for the year.

Categories: Duck Stamp, Habitat Restoration, Hunting, Lands, Waterfowl, Wildlife
  • 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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