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  • November 1, 2022
A black bear walks along a U.S. Forest Service road in Northern California.

Fall is underway in the Tahoe Basin and Lake Tahoe bears are hungry! Autumn is the time of year when bears enter hyperphagia, a phase they go through when they seek massive amounts of calories before entering their winter dens.

Categories: Bears, Wildlife, Wildlife Health
  • October 26, 2022
A quail hunter, shotgun in hand, stands with his Labrador retriever overlooking the Cuyama Valley in Santa Barbara County.

Wild pheasant, fall turkey and the second dove season will open on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, putting California’s fall hunting season in full strut.

Categories: Hunting, Upland Game, Wildlife
  • October 20, 2022
A panoramic, overview of the Ocean Ranch Unit, part of CDFW's Eel River Wildlife Area.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wants to remind waterfowl hunters that its Ocean Ranch Unit in Humboldt County, part of the larger Eel River Wildlife Area, will be closed to all hunting and public access through the end of the year due to heavy construction and habitat work taking place.

Categories: Habitat Restoration, Hunting, Lands, Wildlife
  • October 7, 2022
Tundra swans feed and rest in the Sacramento Valley's harvested, flooded rice fields.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering free swan tours in Yuba County near Marysville on select Saturdays, November through early January.

Categories: Species, Waterfowl, Wildlife
  • September 21, 2022
A pair of mature desert bighorn sheep.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is once again inviting nonprofit organizations to help support wildlife, wildlife habitat and scientific research by auctioning big game hunting tags for the 2023-24 hunt season.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, Habitat Restoration, Hunting, Wildlife
  • September 20, 2022
Wild pig standing in a green field

Due to ongoing concerns with wild pigs in California and the damage they cause, the California Fish and Game Commission and CDFW will be holding a virtual public forum to discuss related issues and explore potential solutions that address and reduce problems.

Categories: Education, Human Wildlife Conflict, Hunting, Invasive Species, Lands, Wildlife
  • September 14, 2022
A lone mule deer buck stands amid trees.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) general deer season is set to open in many parts of the state Saturday, Sept. 17. Deer season is already underway in California’s A and B4 zones along the coast.

Categories: Big Game, Scientific Study, Wildlife
  • September 6, 2022
Eastern fox squirrel

California’s 2022-2023 general tree squirrel season will be open from Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022 through Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023.

Categories: Hunting, Wildlife
  • September 6, 2022
Pronghorn antelope captured on trail cameras in northern California.

California’s pronghorn antelope hunters are wrapping up their short seasons as California’s elk hunters are gearing up for theirs. The two groups of big game hunters are among the most tenacious – if not the luckiest – in California.

Categories: Big Game, Fire, Hunting, Scientific Study, Wildlife
  • September 2, 2022
several canada geese in habitat

As the Eurasian strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 continues to impact wild and domestic birds across the state, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wildlife disease specialists are reminding the public of steps they can take to help reduce the spread of infection.

Categories: General, Public Safety, Wildlife, Wildlife Health

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