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  • September 25, 2021
A party boat plies the waters off the Golden Gate Bridge in search of Chinook salmon.

California hunters and anglers have reason to celebrate Saturday, Sept. 25. Not only is it National Hunting and Fishing Day – a nationwide thank you to the contributions hunters and anglers make to fish and wildlife conservation – but California’s outdoor opportunities are opening up once again in time for peak fall hunting and fishing seasons.

Categories: Deer, Fire, Fishing, Hunting, Salmon
  • September 16, 2021
Heenan Lake Wildlife Area wooden sign that greets visitors to the area in Alpine County.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has reopened 34 of its properties to public use as of Thursday, Sept. 16, following the announcement by the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region lifting the closure of most California forests.

Categories: Fire, Fishing, Hunting, Lands
  • September 8, 2021
Three bears feast on food they pulled out of an unattended recreational vehicle after breaking into it in South Lake Tahoe.

Residents and visitors returning to the South Lake and West Shore areas of Lake Tahoe should be aware that bears have been seeking out human food sources during the evacuation and taking advantage of the lack of human presence. As you approach your residence, look and listen carefully for signs that a bear has been or is in your home. If a bear is in your home, call 911. Do not attempt to chase it out yourself. Your safety is your responsibility!

Categories: Bears, Fire, Wildlife
  • September 1, 2021
Dixie Fire - smoke over trees

CDFW has closed 34 properties that lie within or immediately adjacent to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) boundaries due to extreme fire conditions. Effective immediately, these properties are closed to the public through Friday, Sept. 17.

Categories: Fire, Lands
  • July 1, 2021

CDFW has undertaken the largest wildfire protection and resiliency effort in its history, working to safeguard nearly all of its wildlife areas, ecological reserves and the surrounding communities from wildfire ahead of peak wildfire season this summer and fall.

Categories: Budget, Drought, Fire, Habitat Restoration, Invasive Species, Lands, Rare Species, Scientific Study, Wildlife
  • June 15, 2021
A juvenile coho salmon swims in a North Coast river.

CDFW today announced the selection of 28 projects to receive funding for projects to restore and protect multi-benefit ecosystem restoration and protection projects under its Proposition 1 grant programs.

Categories: Drought, Fire, Fisheries, Grants, Habitat Restoration, Scientific Study, Wildlife
  • February 10, 2021

CDFW is pleased to announce the re-opening of the Knoxville Wildlife Area and Cedar Roughs Wildlife Area, both in Napa County, after the August 2020 LNU-Lightning Complex Fire.

Categories: Fire, Lands

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