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  • 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
  • April 30, 2021
long, yellow clam in sand

After a five-year closure, the CDFW Director has re-opened the recreational razor clam fishery in Del Norte County following a recommendation from state health agencies that the consumption of razor clams in the area no longer poses a significant threat for domoic acid exposure.

Categories: Fishing
  • April 29, 2021

The snow is melting in the Lake Tahoe region and a mild winter has given way to a bustling early spring for wildlife in the area. Bears have emerged from their dens and are on the move and hungry.

Categories: Education, Urban Wildlife, Wildlife
  • April 28, 2021

May 2021 calendar of events

Categories: Calendar
  • April 28, 2021

CDFW is taking the proactive measure of trucking millions of hatchery-raised juvenile Central Valley fall-run chinook salmon this spring to San Pablo Bay, San Francisco Bay and seaside net pens due to projected poor river conditions in the Central Valley.

Categories: Rare Species
  • April 27, 2021
woman measuring large flat fish

CDFW is pleased to announce the 2021 recreational Pacific halibut fishery will open Saturday, May 1 and remain open until Nov. 15, or until the quota is reached, whichever is earlier.

Categories: Fishing
  • April 26, 2021
close up of male deer

For the first-time ever, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will raffle off two “Golden Opportunity” fundraising deer tags to the general hunting public.

Categories: Hunting
  • April 23, 2021
creek flowing through mountain meadow

The Wildlife Conservation Board has approved approximately $33.5 million in grants to help enhance flows in streams throughout California. A total of 30 stream flow enhancement projects were approved for funding at its April 22 meeting.

Categories: WCB
  • April 22, 2021

Multiple federal, state and local agencies have been notified of an invasive algae species discovered in Newport Bay, Calif. The algae, which is native to Florida and other subtropical and tropical locales, is scientifically known as Caulerpa prolifera.

Categories: Invasive Species

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