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  • July 29, 2021

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is pleased to announce the winners of Nature Bowl 2021: Family Challenge Edition.

Categories: Education, Lands, Scientific Study, Wildlife
  • July 13, 2021
deer fawns in the wild

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed outbreaks of adenovirus hemorrhagic disease in deer in several northern California counties and is asking California residents to help curb the spread by not feeding wild animals, and report potential cases to the department.

Categories: Wildlife
  • July 12, 2021
Ducks, geese and shorebirds fill the wetlands along the Auto Tour Loop at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in Butte County in the fall.

The auto tour loop along with some nearby hiking trails on the west side of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in Butte County will close for about two weeks in July to accommodate construction to improve water management, wildlife habitat and visitor experience. Work is scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 14, 2021, near Parking Lot 14 and last about two weeks. The auto tour loop and nearby hiking trails are scheduled to reopen July 26, 2021, in plenty of time for bird watching during peak fall and winter migrations. Construction delays could impact the timing of reopening.

Categories: Grants, Habitat Restoration, Lands, 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 23, 2021
mountain lion, after release, running into wilderness

A young mountain lion left orphaned after its mother was killed in traffic, has been released into the wild after months of care provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the San Diego Humane Society (Ramona Wildlife Center).

Categories: Wildlife
  • June 18, 2021

At its June meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission acted on several issues affecting California’s natural resources. The following are just a few items of interest from the two-day meeting.

Categories: FGC, 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
  • May 28, 2021
female bear and cubs crossing road

The spring season is well underway in the Tahoe Basin and with warmer weather and fewer Covid-19 restrictions many campgrounds are opening, and visitor numbers are increasing. With this activity comes more human food, more garbage, and more people sharing space with bears.

Categories: Urban Wildlife, Wildlife
  • May 6, 2021

CDFW today successfully captured a young, female mountain lion within the city limits of Alturas, Modoc County, and safely returned the animal to suitable wild habitat.

Categories: Urban Wildlife, Wildlife
  • 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

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