SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California crab fisheries will close for the season in April when whales are feeding off the state's coast as part of an effort to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from...
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife officials say they believe someone illegally separated two bear cubs from their mother and left the young animals along a Northern California...
Disease may be killing California desert bighorn sheep
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A new survey has found a sharp decline in desert bighorn sheep in Southern California, and biologists suspect the cause is a disease contracted from domestic...
Probation for fisherman who fatally shot great white shark
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a San Jose man has been sentenced to two years probation in the fatal shooting of a great white shark.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday that the Santa Cruz Superior Court also fined 41-year-old Vinh Pham $5,000 and ordered his firearm destroyed.
California mountain lion caught using thermal imaging drone
PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) — A mountain lion roaming the parking lot of a busy office complex in the eastern San Francisco Bay suburbs has been tranquilized and removed with some high-tech help.
Police in Pleasanton, California, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers used a drone with thermal imaging cameras to track the puma, which appears to be about a year old and healthy at about 80 pounds. It took four tranquilizer darts to bring him down.
Conservancy gets $1.7M to restore Lake Tahoe marsh
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has awarded a $1.7 million grant to the California Tahoe Conservancy to help restore a marsh at Lake Tahoe that is the largest remaining wetland in the Sierra Nevada.
The conservancy intends to spend $9 million next year to restore 500 acres (202 hectares) of the south shore's Upper Truckee Marsh.
28 barn owls killed by cars found along rural highway
HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — State wildlife officials have found 28 dead barn owls that were struck by cars along a highway in central California.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Peter Tira said Wednesday officers found the birds' carcasses this month on a two-mile stretch of Highway 41 in Kings County, near Stratford.
Tira says an investigation determined every predatory nocturnal bird had been hit by a vehicle along the road flanked by farm fields.
Bear in California mauls hunter after shot with arrow
BANNING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a bow hunter was mauled by a 300-pound black bear after he shot it with an arrow in the Southern California mountains.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say the man, who was hunting with two other people, was attacked last Friday after he ran up to the wounded bear in the San Bernardino Mountains of Riverside County.
Authorities say the man was hospitalized with serious injuries but there's no word on his condition Tuesday.
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A bear found in a Southern California neighborhood has been captured and relocated.
Police say the 250-pound male bear was spotted Wednesday afternoon in the city of Ventura.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was summoned and the bear was tranquilized before being taken to a wooded area north of the city.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — State wildlife officials say they have uncovered an international scheme in which thieves from Korea and China slip into wild landscapes in Northern California to pluck succulents to sell on the thriving black market in Asia.
The succulents, called Dudleya farinosa, fetch up to $50 each in Asia, where a growing middle class is fueling demand, reported the Mercury News in San Jose, California.
Coyote bites 5-year-old boy at California college campus
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Professional trappers will try to catch a coyote that bit a 5-year-old boy on a Los Angeles college campus.
Lt. J.C. Healy with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says the child was walking with his father Wednesday when the boy cried out, "He bit me!"
Healy says the father chased the coyote away. The boy suffered a minor leg wound.
Officials: California man shot 130 hawks, birds of prey
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California man shot more than 130 hawks and other legally protected birds of prey on his land, leaving the carcasses to pile up at the foot of trees and telephone poles, wildlife officials said Wednesday.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife managers believe the discovery near the rural town of Standish in Lassen County, on the border with Nevada, marks the largest poaching case involving raptors on record for the state, spokesman Capt. Patrick Foy said.
California officials ask for public’s help against nutria
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife officials are asking California residents to report any sightings of nutria — an invasive rodent that eats so much aquatic vegetation that it threatens wetlands and marshes.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday it is trying to eradicate the rodents from the state because once established, nutria could cause loss of wetlands, damage to agricultural crops and levees, dikes and roadbeds.
Correction: Burned Bears story
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Jan. 24 about medical care for three wild animals burned in fires in Southern California, The Associated Press, relying on information from the animal's caregivers, reported erroneously that a 5-month-old mountain lion being treated for burns would be released back into the wild this week.
North coast commercial Dungeness crab season delayed again
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The commercial Dungeness crab season along the Northern California coast has been delayed again because the popular seafood is not yet ready for harvesting.
The director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced an additional 15-day delay for Fish and Game districts along the coasts of Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties.
California’s 2018 abalone fishing canceled by officials
SAN DIEGO (AP) — California wildlife officials have voted to cancel the 2018 abalone fishing season due to concerns about mass starvation among the mollusks along Sonoma and Mendocino coasts.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports the state Fish and Game Commission voted 4-0 Thursday during a public meeting in San Diego.
Officials recommend canceling red abalone fishing season
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — California wildlife officials are recommending that the 2018 abalone fishing fishing season be canceled due to concerns about declining population.
The Mercury News reports Wednesday the California Department of Fish and Wildlife made the recommendation after a survey revealed 37 percent of all abalone recorded were dead.
Cougar repeatedly seen in Kern County residential area
TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) — Kern County authorities say for several weeks there have been reports of a mountain lion being spotted in residential areas near the city of Tehachapi.
The Kern County Sheriff's Office says the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has been notified and is working on the issue.
The sightings have been in an area known as Golden Hills.
Environmental group sues California over whale-killing gear
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An environmental group has sued the state of California for allegedly not doing enough to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from killing protected whales.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed its lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco, saying the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is liable for a surge in entanglements of endangered whales and sea turtles because it authorizes and manages operation of the fishery.
Environmental group sues California over whale-killing gear
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An environmental group sued the state of California on Tuesday for allegedly not doing enough to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from killing protected whales.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed its lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco, saying the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is liable for a surge in entanglements of endangered whales and sea turtles because it authorizes and manages operation of the fishery.
California wardens arrest 4 men for poaching abalone
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California game wardens have arrested four suspects and charged them with poaching hundreds of the shellfish delicacy abalone.
Authorities investigating deer shot in Monrovia neighborhood
MONROVIA, Calif. (AP) — California authorities are investigating a man who was caught on camera shooting a deer with a bow and arrow within a suburban foothill community near Los Angeles.
Monrovia homeowner Chuck Tapert says his home surveillance camera recorded footage showing a man shooting the deer near his house last week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California wildlife officials are warning of more possible restrictions on red abalone fishing.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife tells the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2sSm59w ) that the current limit of 12 abalones per diver may have to drop to 9 in 2018. A complete closure is also possible.
State sends black bear family to Oakland Zoo
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has sent a female black bear and her three cubs to the Oakland Zoo after they were taken in from the wild due to encounters with people.
The department says it's not policy to place large adult mammals into captivity but there were unusual circumstances.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has extended an emergency closure of the commercial rock crab fishery in Northern California.
The commercial rock crab fishery north of Pigeon Point in San Mateo County to the Oregon border has been closed since last fall after state health agencies found unhealthy levels of domoic acid.
BODEGA, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has decided not to release a quarter-million Chinook salmon into the Bodega Bay.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported (http://bit.ly/2prTcMb ) Monday that the plan had come to a halt because the salmon's potential impact on other fish could not be determined.
PESCADERO, Calif. (AP) — California wildlife officials say a trace of mountain lion DNA was found inside a Northern California home, confirming reports that a feline went into a bedroom where a woman and her child were sleeping and snatched their dog.
A Pescadero homeowner last week called 911 to report seeing an animal enter the room, take the 15-pound Portuguese Podengo sleeping at the foot of her bed and leave.
Officials find mountain lion kitten near Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wildlife officials have found a new mountain lion kitten in the Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angeles.
Researchers with the National Park Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday that the female kitten, dubbed P-54, was born sometime in January. The Los Angeles Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2nXkx9Y ) the kitten's mother is a GPS-tagged mountain lion called P-23.
Pack of 7 gray wolves missing in Northern California
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wildlife advocates say they are searching Northing California for seven gray wolves that haven't been spotted in months.
The first wolf pack to make the state home in nearly a century hasn't been seen since May 2016, the San Francisco Chronicle reports Saturday (http://bit.ly/2mUMSjo).
The family, known as the Shasta Pack, disappeared from southeastern Siskiyou County.
Los Angeles freeway claims 3rd mountain lion in 2 months
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A vehicle struck and killed an orphaned mountain lion on the same stretch of Los Angeles-area freeway where her mother and one of her two siblings died separately in December, wildlife authorities said Friday.
The death of the 8-month-old lion this month again illustrated the hazards that cougars face living among urban sprawl and networks of roads that are barriers to territorial roaming and genetic diversity among the puma populations.
Rebounding California gray wolf holds onto protection
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The California gray wolves will keep their endangered species protections even once the rebounding animal hits a population of at least 50, state wildlife officials said Wednesday.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife published its plan for managing wolves late Tuesday, setting its policy for the species that is making a comeback to the state after it was killed off in the 1920s.
More California coast reopens to Dungeness crab fishing
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California officials say a 50-mile stretch of commercial Dungeness crab fishery will reopen after tests showed a drop in acid levels.
California could reduce allowable abalone catches
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is proposing to lower the allowable abalone catch and shorten the season.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2gcb2z8 ) Thursday that the state's recent deep water surveys indicate that the red abalone population is low enough to trigger an emergency action that could close the season in November and possibly April.
Sonoma to stay closed at start of Dungeness crab season
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State officials are closing about 60 miles of the Northern California coast for the upcoming commercial Dungeness crab season because of elevated levels of a toxin.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the closure along the Sonoma coast on Tuesday. The agency said some crabs showed elevated levels of domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin that can sicken people.
California crab season to open Nov. 5
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California residents hoping to catch and eat their own Dungeness crab this season can rejoice as the state has set a date for recreational crab season to open.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2eDdKg6 ) that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has declared Nov. 5 the beginning of Dungeness crab season. Commercial crabbing season is expected to open Nov. 15.
California man may have been attacked by mother bear
SIERRA MADRE, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says a man attacked by one of two bears in the Angeles National Forest last week may have come between a mother and yearling.
The agency says it analyzed DNA from saliva on the victim's clothing to determine the attacking bear was female, and examination of tracks and other evidence indicate the other bear was 10 to 12 months old.
Coyotes trapped after boy gets bitten at Orange County park
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife officials have trapped and euthanized four coyotes after a 6-year-old boy was bitten while playing at an Orange County park.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Capt. Rebecca Hartman said Thursday it was difficult to know if one of the captured coyotes was responsible for the attack because there was little forensic evidence on the child's clothing.
Bear attack injures man in mountains east of Los Angeles
SIERRA MADRE, Calif. (AP) — A 53-year-old hiker who had encountered one bear was attacked by another Monday in the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles, authorities said.
The man encountered the first bear on a trail at 10:45 a.m. As they eyed each other, the second bear came out of nowhere and attacked, knocking down the victim, said Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Correction: California Coast-Development story
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — In a story Sept. 7 about a vote against a new development on the Southern California coast, The Associated Press reported erroneously the employer of Jonna Engel. She is an ecologist for the California Coastal Commission, not the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Zoo burns $1M in rhino items in 1st US bonfire of its kind
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Zoo burned items containing rhinoceros horn with an estimated black market value of $1 million in a symbolic gesture Thursday to show the U.S. is committed to ending illegal wildlife trafficking.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered with the zoo and California Department of Fish and Wildlife to hold the massive bonfire, the first of its kind in the United States.
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Scientists following up on a rare wolverine sighting in the Sierra Nevada set up cameras and captured video of the animal scurrying in the snow, scaling a tree and chewing on bait.
They believe the wolverine is the same one that eight years ago became the first documented in the area since the 1920s.
Chris Stermer, a wildlife biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, set up the remote cameras in the Tahoe National Forest...
After a couple of down years, this coming season shows promise for anyone interested waterfowl — whether they're watching them or hunting them.
The annual population survey of waterfowl breeding pairs by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife found that numbers have increased this year following a three-year decline.
Melanie Weaver, waterfowl biologist for CDFW, said this year's wetter weather contributed to the rise in waterfowl in the region.