Latest California Department of Fish and Wildlife News

Coyote that attacked 2-year-old is euthanized in California

Jun. 25, 2022 21:32 PM EDT

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife authorities caught and euthanized a coyote that attacked a 2-year-old child at a Southern California park earlier this week, officials said. The attack happened Tuesday around 8:30 p.m. at Mile Square Park in the city of Fountain Valley...

Coyote attacks 2-year-old at Southern California park

Jun. 23, 2022 15:36 PM EDT

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a coyote that attacked a 2-year-old child at a Southern California park this week, police said Thursday. The attack happened Tuesday around 8:30 p.m. at Mile Square Park in the city of Fountain Valley southeast of Los...

Starving California pelicans released after rehabilitation

Jun. 17, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A dozen of the hundreds of brown pelicans found starving on the Southern California coast were released Friday after rehabilitation at a wildlife center. The pelicans were returned to the wild at Corona del Mar State Beach after treatment at the...

California won't immediately list Joshua tree as threatened

Jun. 16, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California won't be listing the iconic western Joshua tree as a threatened species for now after the four-member Fish and Game Commission couldn't reach agreement Thursday on how best to protect the plant from climate change. After deadlocking on whether...

Janitor corrals curious cougar in empty California classroom

Jun. 01, 2022 23:01 PM EDT

PESCADERO, Calif. (AP) — A quick-thinking custodian safely confined a curious cougar in an empty classroom after it entered a Northern California high school Wednesday morning, authorities said. The custodian was opening Pescadero High for the school day when the juvenile mountain...

California investigating sick and dying brown pelicans

May. 27, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wildlife authorities are trying to determine why large numbers of California brown pelicans are being found sick and dying. Hundreds of the pelicans, which are a protected species in the state, have been admitted to wildlife rehabilitation facilities in Southern...

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...