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  • May 21, 2021

At its May 20, 2021 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board approved approximately $23.5 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 35 approved projects will benefit fish and wildlife — including some endangered species — while others will provide public access to important natural resources.

Categories: WCB
  • May 21, 2021
two men, each holding a large silver fish on a boat

CDFW announces ocean salmon season openers for additional management areas along the California coast.

Categories: Fishing
  • May 19, 2021
large cannabis farm under plastic

CDFW, with assistance from Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies, served a search warrant related to environmental crimes associated with illegal cannabis cultivation on April 30.

Categories: Cannabis, Law Enforcement
  • May 18, 2021
large crab trap emptying on to boat

CDFW has been working with a diverse coalition of commercial fishing representatives, environmental organizations, scientists and agency partners to reduce the risk of whale and sea turtle entanglements in commercial fishing gear used by the Dungeness crab fleet

Categories: Fishing, Rare Species
  • May 14, 2021

Governor Gavin Newsom today introduced his California Comeback Plan, which includes significant fiscal resources aimed to protect California’s diverse fish, wildlife and plant resources and the habitats on which they depend.

Categories: Budget
  • May 14, 2021
deer lying in dry grass

CDFW is now accepting applications for a limited, lottery draw deer hunt scheduled for opening week of the A-Zone general deer season, August 14-20, on the Knoxville Wildlife Area in Napa County.

Categories: Hunting
  • May 6, 2021

CDFW today successfully captured a young, female mountain lion within the city limits of Alturas, Modoc County, and safely returned the animal to suitable wild habitat.

Categories: Urban Wildlife, Wildlife
  • May 6, 2021

In April, wildlife officers at the CDFW conducted two investigations related to environmental crimes associated with illegal cannabis cultivation in southern Tehama County and western Shasta County.

Categories: Cannabis, Law Enforcement
  • May 3, 2021

CDFW completed the most recent marine life entanglement risk assessment under the Risk Assessment Mitigation Program. Recent survey data indicate Humpback whales have begun to return from their winter breeding grounds to northern California fishing grounds.

Categories: Fishing, Wildlife
  • April 30, 2021
coiled rattlesnake in dry grass

Spring is here and with it brings warm weather and hot, dry conditions in many areas of California. Human encounters with snakes are more likely as these elusive animals become more active this time of year.

Categories: Urban Wildlife, Wildlife

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