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  • October 13, 2021
A sea otter swims on its back with its belly up.

Extended tax filers are nearing the final 2020 filing deadline with the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB). Friday, Oct. 15 is the last day to pay state taxes – and there’s a simple way for extended filers to have a positive impact on our native threatened and endangered species on their California Income Tax Form 540.

Categories: Marine, Rare Species, Wildlife
  • October 1, 2021
Collared wolf lying on forest floor

Between September 20 and 26, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife received three separate reports of a gray wolf with a purple collar in northern Ventura County. CDFW staff began site inspections and have confirmed recent wolf tracks in the vicinity.

Categories: Rare Species, Species, Wildlife
  • 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 9, 2021
small silver fish in a net

A species of fish once declared extinct has not only survived but is expected to thrive thanks to a five-year effort to restore habitat and translocate more than 700 Owens pupfish.

Categories: Rare Species
  • 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
  • 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
  • March 19, 2021
abalone on ocean reef

While the spring season typically signals the start of the recreational red abalone season, CDFW reminds anglers that the northern California recreational red abalone fishery will remain closed until April 1, 2026

Categories: Fishing, Rare Species
  • March 18, 2021

CDFW just completed the most recent marine life entanglement risk assessment under the Risk Assessment Mitigation Program. Recent survey data indicate most Humpback and Blue whales remain outside of the California fishing grounds, however a few Humpback whales have begun to return to Monterey Bay and the Gulf of the Farallones.

Categories: Fishing, Rare Species, Wildlife
  • February 25, 2021

Another GPS-collared gray wolf has dispersed from Oregon into California. The wolf, known as OR-93, has traveled farther south in California than the collared wolves that have preceded him.

Categories: Rare Species
  • February 3, 2021

On the night of Jan. 30, 2021, a CDFW law enforcement officer based out of Long Beach partnered with the Long Beach Police Department on a joint agency boat patrol in and around Long Beach Harbor.

Categories: Law Enforcement, Rare Species

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