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2022-2024 News Releases

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  • February 16, 2024
An aerial overview of the Camatta Ranch grasslands in San Luis Obispo County.

The Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) provided a $10.3 million grant to The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County (LCSLO) to protect approximately 27,500 acres of grassland, blue oak savannah, shrubland and riparian corridors. The work will protect habitat for 299 animal species and 250 native plant species, including Camatta Canyon amole plant, San Joaquin kit fox, Bell’s vireo and blunt-nosed leopard lizard among others.

Categories: Rare Species, WCB, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Board
  • February 8, 2024
A herd of elk viewed from above during aerial surveys of big game populations.

CDFW is initiating annual helicopter surveys to inventory and monitor mule deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep populations throughout the state. Flights will be conducted in portions of Solano, Mendocino, Siskiyou, Modoc, Lassen, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties during February and March 2024.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, Hunting, Scientific Study, Wildlife, Wildlife Health
  • February 1, 2024
Bighorn sheep photographed in 2015 survey

CDFW, in partnership with U.S. Forest Service and the Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep, is seeking volunteers for the Annual Bighorn Sheep Survey in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

Categories: Outreach, Species, Wildlife, Wildlife Health
  • December 13, 2023

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has launched the initial phase of its beaver translocation activities, recently conducting the first beaver conservation release in nearly 75 years. Working with the Maidu Summit Consortium, CDFW released a family of seven beavers into Plumas County, in a location that is known to the tribal community as Tásmam Koyóm.

Categories: Wildlife
  • December 7, 2023
A map of California fishing zones.

CDFW is continuing the temporary recreational crab trap restriction from the Sonoma/Mendocino county line to Lopez Point, Monterey County, (Fishing Zones 3 and 4) due to the presence of humpback whales and the potential for entanglement of humpback whales and leatherback sea turtles with trap gear.

Categories: Dungeness Crab, Fisheries, Marine, Rare Species, Wildlife

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