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  • 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
  • August 28, 2021

CDFW confirmed that a mountain lion shot and killed by a wildlife officer was the one responsible for injuring a five-year-old boy Thursday near Calabasas in Los Angeles County. The boy is in stable condition.

Categories: Human Wildlife Conflict, Law Enforcement, Wildlife
  • August 27, 2021
California rice field

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for the California Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program (CWRHIP). For Fiscal Year 2021-2022, a total of up to $3,001,190 in CWRHIP funds will be available for new one-year agreements under this proposal solicitation notice.

Categories: Lands, Wildlife
  • August 27, 2021
A freshly caught Chinook salmon lies on the rocks next to a fishing rod and reel.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced that the spit fishery at the mouth of the Klamath River will close to angling at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27. Based on CDFW projections of the recreational fall Chinook salmon harvest, anglers will have met the “spit area” adult fall Chinook salmon quota of 15 percent of the total Klamath River Basin allotment by that time.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Salmon
  • August 25, 2021
A drake northern pintail in flight.

As California’s 2021-22 waterfowl hunting season approaches, hunters may find that wildlife areas have limited space, particularly early in the season.

Categories: Drought, Hunting, Wildlife
  • August 20, 2021
The Dixie Fire, burning a forested hillside along a river, already has claimed portions of Butte, Plumas, Tehama, Lassen and Shasta counties.

The USDA Forest Service has announced the temporary closure of nine national forests in northern California effective Sunday, Aug. 22 at 11:59 p.m. through Monday, Sept. 6 at 11:59 p.m. due to extreme fire conditions. A 10th forest, the El Dorado National Forest, was closed earlier this week due to wildfire.

Categories: Drought, FGC, Hunting, Lands, Wildlife
  • August 20, 2021
Coho salmon in water

Due to drought and poor water conditions at Lake Sonoma, thousands of juvenile coho salmon have been relocated from the Warm Springs Fish Hatchery in Geyserville. The fish were trucked to a conservation facility at a high school in Petaluma where they will be reared until conditions improve.

Categories: Drought, Fishing, Hatcheries, Salmon
  • August 20, 2021

At the California Fish and Game Commission’s Aug. 18 meeting, commissioners discussed and acted on several issues affecting California’s natural resources.

Categories: Scientific Study, Species, Wildlife
  • August 18, 2021
An angler shows off a black crappie caught a Central Valley reservoir.

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) has updated its recommendations for safely eating sport fish caught from lakes and reservoirs throughout California.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Species
  • August 12, 2021
State, federal and local representatives gather in Lincoln, Placer County, to celebrate and pose for a photo after the Western Placer County Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan's transition into implementation.

On July 22, 2021, federal, state and local partners held a signing ceremony in Lincoln to mark the Western Placer County Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan’s (HCP/NCCP) transition into implementation. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) approved the HCP/NCCP in April 2021.

Categories: Habitat Restoration, Urban Wildlife

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