Latest California Department of Fish and Wildlife News

Crab for New Year's: California opens up commercial fishing

Dec. 16, 2021 14:32 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — There will be more Dungeness crab on the market just in time for New Year’s menus. California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday that the long-delayed commercial crab fishing season in coastal areas near San Francisco will begin Dec. 29,...

Cash coming to Tahoe animal center where burned cub escaped

Nov. 26, 2021 10:07 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Private donors' new pledge to match $500,000 in contributions for a $1 million-expansion at a Lake Tahoe wildlife rescue center is bringing smiles back to staff and volunteers, who have been on an emotional rollercoaster since a bear cub being treated for severe wildfire...

Oregon-born gray wolf dies after 'epic' California trek

Nov. 24, 2021 15:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An Oregon-born gray wolf that thrilled biologists as it journeyed far south into California was found dead after apparently being struck by a vehicle, authorities said Wednesday. No foul play was suspected in the death of the male wolf known as...

Officials investigate California oil sheen near earlier leak

Nov. 21, 2021 17:59 PM EST

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An oil sheen spotted in the ocean near last month’s crude pipeline leak off Southern California was likely residual oil from the earlier spill, an official said Sunday. The U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday dispatched aircraft and boats to...

Whales off California coast delay commercial crab season

Nov. 02, 2021 20:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The start of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed for some areas of Northern California for the third year in a row to protect whales and sea turtles from becoming entangled in trap and buoy lines. The California Department of Fish...