Latest California Department of Fish and Wildlife News

California woman says dog defended her from mountain lion

May. 18, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

BIG BAR, Calif. (AP) — A woman who was attacked by a mountain lion in Northern California says her dog jumped to her defense and was badly wounded in protecting her. “I don’t think I will ever be able to live up to how amazing and loyal she is to me,” Erin Wilson told the...

DNA confirms coyote that attacked 2-year-old is dead

May. 02, 2022 16:34 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — DNA from a coyote that bit a girl on Southern California's Huntington Beach last week matched samples from one of two coyotes shot and killed following the attack, authorities said Monday. The 2-year-old child was hospitalized with bites to her head...

Arrests in California sturgeon poaching investigation

Apr. 26, 2022 19:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California wildlife authorities have arrested nine people on suspicion of poaching sturgeon and other sea creatures and selling the animals on the black market, officials said. Officers were looking into two separate poaching cases starting last year when...

Dungeness crab fishery closing due to whale entanglements

Apr. 07, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The commercial Dungeness crab fishery off all of California's coast will be closed this month because humpback whales have been entangled in fishing gear, wildlife authorities said. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday that fishery...

Dungeness crab season off most of California to end early

Mar. 25, 2022 20:24 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Commercial Dungeness crab fishing off most of California's coast will end early after two humpback whales were recently entangled in crab-fishing gear, authorities announced Friday. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said that the fishing season...

Crab fishing closures recommended after whale entanglements

Mar. 22, 2022 21:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two humpback whales were tangled in fishing gear off central California in recent days and state wildlife officials are recommending commercial Dungeness crab fishing be suspended to reduce the risk of more entanglements as the whales migrate north. One...

Man pleads guilty to taking 2 baby bears from their den

Mar. 16, 2022 19:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man who admitted to taking two bear cubs from their den and notified officials after he was unable to care for them pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited species, wildlife officials said. Cody Dylon Setzer, 29, and a co-worker...

It's a bear battalion! Hank the Tank turns out to be 3 bears

Feb. 25, 2022 00:15 AM EST

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Hank the Tank is actually a three-bear battalion. DNA evidence now shows that the 500-pound black bear the public had nicknamed “Hank the Tank” is, in fact, at least three not-so-little bears who have damaged more than 30 properties around Lake...