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Mountain Lion That Injured Young Boy In SoCal Euthanized

Here’s more from KTLA: 

The young victim was hospitalized in stable condition following the attack, which was reported just after 4:15 p.m. at the park, which is along Glenn Ranch Road, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Tony Bommarito.

The lion grabbed the child by the neck during the attack, Bommarito said. Authorities evacuated the park as they sought the lion, which was seen on a tree with a backpack in its mouth.

Responding deputies were told that after the mountain lion grabbed the child, the father threw a backpack at it and it let go of the child, Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Carrie Braun said.

 

Coho Numbers Struggling In Marin County Creeks

 

The San Francisco Chronicle has a report on some discouraging news about coho salmon returning in Marin County. Here’s reporter Ron Fimrite:

Fewer than 90 coho have made their way up meandering, forested Lagunitas Creek and laid eggs on the northwest side of Mount Tamalpais, one of California’s last great strongholds for embattled wild salmon that have never mingled with hatchery-bred fish.

It is among the worst showings of the cold-water-loving coho in nearly a quarter century, and researchers are trying to figure out what went wrong.

“We’ve been collecting this data for 24 years, and this is likely to be the second-lowest count we’ve seen in that time,” said Eric Ettlinger, the aquatic ecologist for the Marin Municipal Water District, one of four agencies that conduct the annual spawning surveys. “It’s quite bad.”

Coastal Conservation Association Will Offer Special Deals At Fred Hall Shows

Photos by CCA CAL

The following press release is courtesy of the Coastal Conservation Association of California:

CCA CAL Announces Annual Fred Hall Show Package
SAN DIEGO — The Coastal Conservation Association of California (CCA CAL) is once again offering the Fred Hall Show package for current and new members at both the Long Beach and Del Mar shows. Those who take advantage of the CCA CAL Fred Hall Show Package will receive:

1. 1-year membership or renewal to CCA
2. Entry into a special hourly drawing for fishing tackle, tactical gear, clothing and much more!
3. 2 tickets for a daily drawing for a 1-week Costa Rica stay at Casa Nosara (plus 2.5 hours of fishing
with Fishing Nosara).
4. New reusable CCA CAL tote bag with goodies inside
5. New design CCA CAL T-Shirt (limited to stock on hand)
6. Entry to the Fred Hall Show
That’s over $120 of value for just $50!

The show special is only available for purchase at the CCA CAL booth outside of both the Long Beach and Del Mar Fred Hall Shows. The Long Beach Show is March 4th-8th, and Del Mar is March 26th-29th.
The winning numbers for the hourly drawing will be posted at the CCA CAL inside booth every hour and can be checked throughout the day. Winners must come to the booth to show their winning number and select their prize by the end of each day of the show. Must be present to win, and limited to 1 sticker per member. All
current CCA CAL life members can receive entry to the hourly drawing for $25.
Any new member who signs up, or current member who renews their membership at our inside booth, will also receive 3 tickets into our daily drawing for a 1-week stay in Costa Rica! Anyone who signs up as a life member for CCA will receive either a pair of Costa Sunglasses (limited to stock on hand), or 50 raffle tickets
for the 1-week stay in Costa Rica. For more information about CCA CAL, please visit http://www.ccacalifornia.org/

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The Coastal Conservation Association of California (CCA CAL) was created in 2015 when recreational anglers and outdoor enthusiasts grouped together to work for the conservation and enhancement of our marine resources and coastal environments.
Today, we are working to protect not only the health, habitat and sustainability of our marine resources, but also the interests of recreational saltwater anglers and their access to the resources they cherish and use on a daily basis. CCA CAL currently consists of 2,500 members spread across 6 local chapters in Southern California, and is working to expand in Central and Northern California.

Duck Season Extended To Jan. 31 In Multiple Zones

The following press release is courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife: 

California’s 2019-20 duck season will be extended five additional days this season, closing on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at the end of legal shooting hours in the Balance of State, Southern San Joaquin and Southern California zones that cover most of the state.

The California Fish and Game Commission last April unanimously approved Jan. 31, 2020, as the duck season end date for the three zones as opposed to the traditional closure the last Sunday in January. The five additional days are intended to provide more hunter opportunity at the end of the season when waterfowl hunting is often at its best.

The extended season maximizes duck hunting opportunity while staying within the federal waterfowl management regulatory framework. It also provides incentive to keep managed wetlands flooded for just a bit longer to the benefit of waterfowl and a host of other wetland species.

State-operated wildlife areas will be open for hunting on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, to accommodate the extended season.

The extension does not include goose hunting in the Balance of State Zone, which means the regular season for dark and white geese will close Sunday, Jan. 26, at the end of legal shooting hours. The waterfowl season in the Southern San Joaquin and Southern California zones will extend to Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, for both ducks and geese. A map of California’s waterfowl zones is available on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website.

A late season goose hunt for white-fronted and white geese will open Saturday, Feb. 8 in the Balance of State Zone and extend for five days, ending Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, except in the Sacramento Valley Special Management Area where the white-fronted goose season will remain closed.

California’s Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days, open to those possessing a valid Junior Hunting License and Harvest Information Program validation, will take place Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in the Balance of State, Southern San Joaquin Valley and Southern California zones.

Several – but not all – state-operated wildlife areas will be open to accommodate youth hunters that weekend. Federal regulations require that hunters must be 17 years of age or younger and must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult 18 years of age or older. A Federal Duck Stamp or E-Stamp is required for hunters 16 years of age and older. Daily bag and possession limits apply along with all other waterfowl regulations for the 2019-20 waterfowl season. The regulations are available on CDFW’s Waterfowl Hunting webpage.

Mountain Lions Hang Out Together In Crazy Video Footage

Fascinating video out of Jackson in the Gold Country of the Sierra foothills and reported by the Associated Press:

“We shared the videos and photos with several of our wildlife biologists, and none of them could recall ever seeing five mountain lions together,” said Peter Tira, spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Here’s video of the cougar congestion:

NWF: HOUSE SHOULD APPROVE HUNTING/FISHING BILL

The folliowing is courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 9, 2020) — The U.S. House of Representatives should swiftly pass the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, following the U.S. Senate’s unanimous passage today of the bipartisan bill, which includes multiple hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation priorities. The bill, introduced by Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), would be another significant win for wildlife and sportsmen and sportswomen nationwide.

“At a time when one-third of wildlife species are at heightened risk of extinction and lawmakers struggle to agree on anything, the Senate is again showing that conservation can bring our leaders together to achieve real progress — and we thank Chair Barrasso and Senator Carper for their incredible leadership. The House should follow suit and pass these common-sense, bipartisan investments to restore wildlife populations and conserve our outdoor heritage,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “The ACE Act confronts systemic challenges facing wildlife by restoring essential wildlife habitat like wetlands and the Chesapeake Bay, fighting Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk, and removing invasive species. While we still have much more work to do, this is an important victory for bipartisan solutions that the House should swiftly affirm.

“This bill’s passage is a testament to its bipartisan co-sponsors — Senators John Boozman, Ben Cardin, Kevin Cramer, Tammy Duckworth, James Inhofe, Shelley Moore Capito and Chris Van Hollen — as well as the leadership of lawmakers like Senator Martin Heinrich.”

The ACE Act will:

  • Establish a Chronic Wasting Disease task force to develop an interstate action plan for state and federal cooperation relating to the disease;
  • Commission a study by the National Academy of Sciences regarding the pathways and mechanisms of the transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease in the United States;
  • Reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act until 2025;
  • Encourage partnerships among public agencies and other interested parties for promoting fish conservation;
  • Reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Program until 2025;
  • Reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network and the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Grants Assistance Program until 2025;
  • Reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Act until 2025;
  • Establish a program to provide grants to states and Indian tribes to compensate livestock producers for losses due to predation by federally protected species such as wolves or grizzly bears; and,
  • Establish a Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize for technological innovation to reduce human-predator conflict using non-lethal means.

Visit the National Wildlife Federation Media Center at NWF.org/News.

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Three-Time Winner For California Upland Bird Stamp Contest

 

The following is courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife:

A painting of a ruffed grouse has been chosen by a panel of judges as the winning entry in the 2019-2020 California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest. The painting was created by Jeffrey Klinefelter of Etna Green, Ind.

Sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the annual contest determined the official design for this year’s California Upland Game Bird Stamp. Klinefelter also captured the top spots in the 2018-19 and 2017-18 Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contests, as well as the 2009-10 California Duck Stamp Contest.

Artists submitted an original depiction of ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus). These medium-bodied forest dwellers are the only member of the genus Bonasa, and have a range extending across North America. In California, they inhabit riparian and conifer forests in the northwestern portion of the state. Ruffed grouse have intricately barred or variegated plumage in shades of brown and gray, depending on environmental variables, with a conspicuous neck “ruff” and dark tail banding which they use to attract mates. Their most notable courtship ritual, however, is their “drum display” – a low-frequency booming sound created by beating their wings against their bodies.

Contest entries were judged recently by a panel of experts selected for their knowledge in the fields of ornithology, conservation, art and printing. Designs were judged on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy, and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and print.

The judges praised the composition and fine detail of the painting, specifically noting the accuracy of the feathers. They cited the excellent coloration with “good barring on the belly and speckle on the back” that blends nicely with the autumnal aspen forest in the background. The panel also appreciated the in-flight depiction which allowed a full display of the grouse’s intricate plumage, something Klinefelter found challenging yet rewarding.

“Ruffed grouse are agile fliers and I thought painting them in flight would make a good picture,” he said. “The plumage blends well with the background – they have cryptic coloration.” He went on to say that while he has only seen ruffed grouse in captivity, he enjoyed imagining them in their native California habitat.

Broderick Crawford of Clayton, Ga., placed second. Mark Thone of Shakopee, Minn., placed third. Buck Spencer of Junction City, Ore. received honorable mention.

An upland game bird validation is required for hunting migratory and resident upland game birds in California. The validation replaces the stamp through CDFW’s Automated License Data System, but the stamp is still produced and available to hunters upon request. Monies generated from upland game bird validation sales are dedicated solely to upland game bird-related conservation projects, hunting opportunities, and outreach and education. CDFW annually sells about 170,000 upland game bird validations and distributes approximately 17,000 stamps.

Any individual who purchases an upland game bird validation may request their free collectable stamp by visiting www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/collector-stamps. An order form is also available on the website for collectors who do not purchase a hunting license or upland game bird validation, or for hunters who wish to purchase additional collectible stamps.

 

$2,500 Reward Offered For Wolf Shooting Information

The following is courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

$2,500 Reward offered for information on gray wolf shooting

Sacramento, California—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the shooting of an endangered gray wolf found along County Road 91, Modoc County, California, in December 2018.

The gray wolf is currently listed as endangered throughout portions of its range, including California, under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. Taking, shooting, injuring, or killing a wolf are violations of the ESA, and carry a maximum penalty for a criminal violation of one year in jail and a $100,000 fine per individual. Learn more about the protected status of gray wolves

Anyone with information regarding the shooting of this wolf is asked to contact theService’s Office of Law Enforcement, Sacramento Field Office at 916-569-8444. The Service is authorized to pay rewards for information or assistance which leads to an arrest, a criminal conviction, civil penalty assessment, or forfeiture of seized property. Payment of rewards is the discretion of the Service, and is linked to specific federal wildlife laws. The amount of any reward we may pay is commensurate with the information or assistance received. Callers with information may remain anonymous.page1image17168The male wolf, known as OR-59, was wearing a Global Positioning System collar and the cause of death has been determined to be a single gunshot wound caused by a .22 caliber centerfire jacketed bullet.

Postponed GSSA Sonoma Fundraiser Gets New Date: Feb. 1

The following is courtesy of the Golden Gate Salmon Association:

 

 Sonoma, CA (January 6, 2020) – The crash of a gasoline tanker truck which spilled 4300 gallons of gas and shut down state highway 121 last November in both directions forced the rescheduling of the 6th Annual Sonoma Salmon Stewards fundraising dinner.

The dinner has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 1 at Viansa Sonoma and will honor biodynamic cannabis farmer Erich Pearson, founder operator of Sparc Farm at Gordenker Ranch in Glen Ellen.  The February dinner will feature an evening of culinary seafood delights and Sonoma County’s finest wines. It will also feature an auction to raise money to support GSSA’s work to keep strong salmon populations in California.

Among the very special auction items:

  • a weekend for six at a private estate on the beautiful rugged south Mendocino coast,
  • a weekend for two at SF Japantown’s luxurious Kabuki Hotel topped off with tickets to the Fillmore Auditorium for a show of your choice
  • an overnight stay at Plumpjack resort in Squaw Valley.
  • a weekend at beautiful Caples Lake Resort in the Sierras, complete with a free boat rental
  • a clays shoot at Sonoma’s Wing and Barrel for you and your friends.

In the category of unusual, unique experiences to be auctioned:

  • a rare, private tour behind the scenes at the state’s most successful salmon hatchery
  • a customized guided visit for ten to one of the state’s most successful cannabis cultivating farms in Sonoma County
  • a private, customized fishing trip for four on a state of the art, comfortable, top of the line sport fishing boat.
  • a customized dinner for ten at the historic William Tell House in Tomales
  • a twilight crab and wine dinner for six on a private Bodega Bay charter boat.
  • a personalized fly fishing experience to be used either in the upper Sacramento River or Trinity River.

Original tickets will be accepted and there are still tickets available at https://www.goldenstatesalmon.org

Anyone who had tickets for the November 16 date who can’t make the February date or want a refund should contact GSSA at the number below.

“We are sorry we’ve had to reschedule due to circumstances beyond our control but the show will go on and we thank supporters for being understanding and bearing with us,” said GSSA president John McManus.

The festivities will take place at Viansa Sonoma, 25200 Arnold Drive in Sonoma on Saturday, February1 starting at 5p.m until 9p.m. The winery known for its wetlands and views, provides a perfect location for the annual GSSA fundraiser.

  The evening will begin with an appetizer reception, followed by a dinner prepared by critically acclaimed Chef Ted Wilson of William Tell House in Tomales Bay. An originally scheduled salmon main dish will be replaced with Dungeness crab.

For Tickets: www.goldenstatesalmon.org

About Viansa Sonoma

Established in February 1990 with the goal of bringing the Northern Italian culture of food and wine to the Sonoma valley and share the rich family history of Vicki and Sam Sebastiani. Viansa winery is located on beautiful hillside in the picturesque Carneros region of Sonoma Valley featuring a 97 acre waterfowl preserve where migratory ducks and geese find sanctuary during on their annual trip between Canada and Mexico.

About GSSA

The Golden State Salmon Association (www.goldenstatesalmonassociation.org) is a coalition of salmon advocates that includes commercial and recreational salmon fisherman, businesses, restaurants, a native tribe, environmentalists, elected officials, families and communities dedicated to restoring California salmon for their economic, recreational, commercial, environmental, cultural and health values

For tickets contact Cat Kaiser at 855-251-4472

Pig Hunts Available At Grizzly Island This Spring Via Drawing

The following is courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife: 

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering wild pig hunts in March and April at the Joice Island Unit of Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County.

The 2020 Joice Island pig hunt drawings will be administered online exclusively. CDFW is accepting applications until 4 p.m. on Feb. 14.

“This is a unique opportunity to apply for a wild pig hunt with no application fee,” said CDFW Bay Delta Region Environmental Scientist Orlando Rocha.

The limited-entry, permit-only hunts help control a small population of wild pigs on the Joice Island Unit, a 2,150-acre wetland area consisting of thick cattails, tules, brush and standing water. Hunters must possess a valid hunting license and wild pig tag and may only use shotguns with nonlead slugs or archery equipment. Dogs and bicycles are not allowed.

Four hunters will be drawn for eight consecutive weekends for a total of 32 hunters. The first hunt weekend will be reserved for apprentice hunters holding junior licenses, age 12 to 17. There is no charge to apply, but applicants may only apply for one hunt weekend.

Apprentice Hunt Weekend – Junior License Holders Age 12 to 17

March 7-8

General Hunt Weekends – Adults and Junior License Holders

March 14-15                                        April 4-5

March 21-22                                        April 11-12

March 28-29                                        April 18-19

April 25-26

Permit holders may bring one non-hunting partner. Junior license holders receiving a permit must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.

To apply for either the apprentice or general hunts, please visit CDFW’s Apprentice Hunts webpage and either log in or create a new account. Use the drop-down menus to apply for the weekend of your choice. Permits with maps and additional information will be e-mailed to selected applicants.

CDFW reserves the right to cancel hunts and close the area to the public without prior notification due to unforeseen circumstances or emergencies.

For more information call the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area main office at 707-425-3828.