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  • May 9, 2022
black bear eating yellow flowers

LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. – 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, are on the move and hungry!

Categories: Bears, Human Wildlife Conflict, Wildlife Health
  • 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 21, 2022
Outdoor raceways at Fish Springs Hatchery

Two CDFW fish hatchery facilities in the eastern Sierra have recently detected an outbreak of Lactococcus petauri, a naturally occurring bacteria that sickens fish. CDFW fishery managers are working to implement strategies that will help the facilities get the disease under control, without cancelling all trout plants prior to the traditional season opener on April 30.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries, Wildlife Health
  • March 25, 2022
Crab pots lined up on a boat at sea

CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham has assessed entanglement risk under the Risk Assessment Mitigation Program (RAMP) and announced the closure of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in Fishing Zones 3, 4, 5 and 6 (Sonoma/Mendocino county line to the U.S./Mexico border) effective at noon on April 8, 2022.

Categories: Fisheries, Marine, Wildlife Health
  • 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
  • October 22, 2021
Long plastic raceways hold juvenile trout inside the Hot Creek Trout Hatchery facility in Mono County.

CDFW has detected a bacterial outbreak at its Hot Creek Trout Hatchery in Mono County – the second time in 2021 that Lactococcus garvieae has been confirmed in some trout at the hatchery.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries, Wildlife Health

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