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CDFW Investigating San Diego County Mountain Lion Attack (Updated)

Update: CDFW confirms that the mountain lion responsible was killed:

Wildlife officers and forensics scientists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) have concluded their investigation of the mountain lion attack at the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve in San Diego County. A complete mountain lion genetic profile was obtained from the samples collected from the young boy who was attacked on Memorial Day, which was found to be identical to the profile obtained from the mountain lion killed the day of the incident. This DNA analysis conclusively proves the mountain lion is the exact one that attacked the victim.

On Monday, May 27, in the afternoon, wildlife officers responded to the park where the 4-year-old boy was being treated by San Diego Fire-Rescue after sustaining a non-life-threatening injury consistent with a mountain lion attack. The boy was part of a group of 11 people recreating in the park at the time.

The wildlife officers identified mountain lion tracks at the scene. Very shortly thereafter and in the same area, a mountain lion approached the officers. The lion appeared to have little fear of humans, which is abnormal behavior for a mountain lion. The wildlife officers immediately killed the animal to ensure public safety and to collect forensic evidence to potentially match the mountain lion to the victim. The officers collected clothing and other samples from the boy. Those samples, plus scrapings from underneath the mountain lion’s claws, were sent to the CDFW Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Sacramento for DNA analysis.

CDFW emphasizes that despite this incident, the probability of being attacked by a mountain lion is very low. The last confirmed lion attack in California (which was also non-fatal) occurred in 2014. For more information on how to co-exist with mountain lions and other wildlife in California, and what to do if confronted by a threatening wild animal, go to the CDFW Keep Me Wild webpage.



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

Wildlife officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are investigating a suspected mountain lion attack at the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve in San Diego County. On Monday, May 27, in the afternoon, wildlife officers responded to the park where a 4-year-old boy was treated by San Diego Fire-Rescue after sustaining a non-life threatening injury consistent with a mountain lion attack. The boy was part of a group of 11 people recreating in the park at the time. The details of how the suspected attack occurred are not yet available.

While the wildlife officers were conducting their investigation at the scene, they identified mountain lion tracks. Very shortly thereafter and in the same area, a mountain lion approached the officers. The lion appeared to have little fear of humans, which is abnormal behavior for a mountain lion. The wildlife officers immediately dispatched the animal to ensure public safety. The wildlife officers collected clothing and other samples from the boy. Those samples, plus the carcass, are en route to the CDFW Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Sacramento for a necropsy and DNA analysis. CDFW wildlife forensics specialists will attempt to confirm that this animal was responsible for the attack.

The Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve is part of the city of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department. CDFW Lt. Scott Bringman will be available to discuss the investigation with the media at 11 a.m. at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve near the intersection of Black Mountain Road and Mercy Road.

Remembering The Fallen Heroes

Photo by Chris Cocoles

Here’s to a great day of barbecues, getting outside and enjoying the spring but also remembering why we’re able to do all of this. Here’s the National Park Service with more: 


It is a gift. It is a sacrifice. It is a duty of many, taken up by few. This site is dedicated to the men and women of the American military, past and present. The National Park Service preserves and shares the stories of the American military over the last three centuries. We also provide opportunities for our military community to connect to the beautiful landscapes and important history they defend.

National parks and the military have strong ties going back to the establishment of Yellowstone as the world’s first national park in 1872. The U.S. Cavalry watched over America’s national parks and did double duty, serving as the first park rangers until the National Park Service was created 44 years later. During World War II, many parks were set aside for the training and care of military personnel. Today, dozens of national parks commemorate military battles and achievements.

Discover the people who have protected our freedom. Learn about the places that shaped our military history and culture. Explore opportunities for active-duty military, veterans, and their families.

Memorial Day 2019

The National Park Service remembers the servicemen and woman who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. 

Members of the U.S. Army attend a reenlistment ceremony.

National Park Service photo

Norwegian Company Meets In Humboldt With Eyes On Fish Farming

The Norwegian-based company that wants to operate a fish farm in Humboldt County met with locals earlier this week.  Here’s the Eureka Times-Standard with more:

The Norway-based company plans to build a fish farm at the site of the former Louisiana Pacific Sawmill on the Samoa Peninsula. The project is slated for 30 acres at the site and the company hopes to see the facility constructed in the next few years with a goal of fish heading to market in five years.

“We want to be here,” said Nordic Aquafarms’ Marianne Naess. “It’s the best location on the West Coast.”

While answering questions from some of the estimated 70 to 80 residents who showed up for the presentation, Naess described the scope of the project, its local impacts and the company’s green goals.

Naess said with increasing populations over the next few decades, “there is a need for producing more sustainable protein.”


Commercial Crab Season Set To Open Along North Coast

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

Following the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today that it will be opening the commercial rock crab fishery from near Cape Mendocino, Humboldt County (40° 30.00’ N. Lat.) north to the Humboldt Bay entrance at the north jetty (40° 46.15’ N. latitude), including all ocean waters of Humboldt Bay.

On Nov. 8, 2016, CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham submitted an emergency rulemaking to the Office of Administrative Law to close the commercial rock crab fishery north of Pigeon Point, San Mateo County upon the recommendation of the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). Since that time, portions of the fishery were sequentially reopened by the director in consultation with OEHHA under new authority granted by Fish and Game Code Section 5523. The commercial fishery was last modified in April 2018, when the fishery was opened between the Sonoma/Mendocino County line and the Mendocino/Humboldt County line.

The commercial rock crab fishery remains closed in all waters from the Mendocino/Humboldt County line (40° 00.00’ N. Lat.) to 40° 30.00’ N. Lat. (near Cape Mendocino, Humboldt County) and from the north jetty of the Humboldt Bay entrance (40° 46.15’ N. Lat.) to the California/Oregon border (42° 00.00’ N. Lat.). This closure shall remain in effect until the director of OEHHA, in consultation with the director of California Department of Public Health (CDPH), determines that domoic acid levels no longer pose a significant risk to public health and recommends the fishery be opened. CDFW will continue to coordinate with fishermen, CDPH, and OEHHA to test domoic acid levels in rock crab within the closured area.

State and federal laws prohibit the commercial distribution of seafood products that contain domoic acid levels above the federal action level of 30 parts per million in the viscera. The recreational fishery for rock crab remains open statewide with a warning from CDPH to avoid consuming the viscera of crab caught between the Mendocino/Humboldt County line and Cape Mendocino, Humboldt County and from the north jetty of the Humboldt Bay entrance to the California/Oregon border.

Domoic acid is a potent neurotoxin produced by a naturally occurring marine alga, whose levels can be increased under certain ocean conditions, and can accumulate in shellfish, other invertebrates and sometimes fish. It causes illness and sometimes death in a variety of birds and marine mammals that consume affected organisms. At low levels, domoic acid exposure can cause nausea, diarrhea and dizziness in humans. At higher levels, it can cause persistent short-term memory loss, seizures and death.

For More Information:
Memo from Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment(5/23/2019)
CDFW Director’s Opener Declaration (5/23/2019)

Wildlife Conservation Board Approves $15 Million In Habitat Restoration Grants

Cosumnes River on the Ervin Ranch, where riparian, oak woodland and grassland habitats dominate the landscape. Photos courtesy of CDFW.

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

At its May 22 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $15 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 21 approved projects will benefit fish and wildlife — including some endangered species — while others will provide public access to important natural resources. Several projects will also demonstrate the importance of protecting working landscapes that integrate economic, social and environmental stewardship practices beneficial to the environment, landowners and the local community.

Funding for these projects comes from a combination of sources including the Habitat Conservation Fund and bond measures approved by voters to help preserve and protect California’s natural resources.

Funded projects include:

A $400,000 grant to Pacific Forest Trust for a cooperative project with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mitsubishi Foundation, New Belgium Brewing Company, Flora L. Thornton Foundation, and Mary A. Crocker Trust to plan for climate resilience in key Sacramento River watersheds spanning eight northern California counties.

A $197,000 grant to the California Audubon Society for a cooperative project with Point Blue Conservation Science and the Grassland Water District to develop regional water budget models that display future Central Valley wetland water needs under climate change scenarios in Butte, Merced, Tulare and Kern counties.

A $176,000 grant to the Sacramento Valley Conservancy for a cooperative project with the Sacramento County Department of Water Resources and Recreational Equipment, Inc. to expand public access, improve a parking lot, install educational signs and implement water-efficient landscaping on 11 acres of the State Lands Commission’s Camp Pollock property on the American River.

A $430,100 grant to Trout Unlimited for a cooperative project with the U.S. Forest Service and University of California, Merced for planning and environmental compliance to restore nine montane meadows totaling approximately 75 acres of the Sierra National Forest in Madera and Fresno counties.

A $1 million grant to the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts for a cooperative project with the California Department of Conservation, California Department of Water Resources, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Point Blue Conservation Science, the Smith River Alliance and 10 Resource Conservation Districts. The project will provide technical assistance creating conservation carbon farm plans and developing conservation practice designs that will provide wildlife-enhancing, climate-beneficial management options for producers on working landscapes in nine California counties.

Forest, meadow and stream in far northern California — part of the Sacramento River watershed that spans eight counties

A $1.4 million grant to Ducks Unlimited, Inc. for a cooperative project with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to restore wetland fields along the auto tour route within CDFW’s Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in Butte County.

A $4 million grant for the acquisition of approximately 1,781 acres of land by CDFW for a cooperative project with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, American River Conservancy, and California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) for the protection and preservation of riparian and oak woodland habitat, and deer and mountain lion habitat, and to provide for potential future wildlife-oriented public use opportunities in El Dorado County.

A $3.2 million grant to the Escondido Creek Conservancy for a cooperative project with CNRA to acquire approximately 282 acres of land for the protection of oak woodlands, grasslands, plants and chaparral that support a variety of wildlife including deer and mountain lion. This purchase will also increase the protection of regional wildlife habitat corridors and provide potential future wildlife-oriented public use opportunities in an unincorporated area in north San Diego County.

For more information about the WCB please visit


Solving Lake Tahoe’s Big Macks

Photos by Joby Cefalu/Mile High Fishing

The following appears in the May issue of California Sportsman: 

By Chris Cocoles 

For even experienced anglers, a first-time trip to fish Lake Tahoe can be overwhelming. At best, it’s a difficult assignment to know how to approach the massive lake straddling the California-Nevada border.

So it makes sense that listening to or even fishing with a local such as Tahoe guide Joby Cefalu is a wise investment to help overcome the challenges Tahoe presents. 

“You could spend a lot of hours and fish a lot of miles on Lake Tahoe with little or no luck,” says Cefalu, who operates Mile High Fishing (530-541-5312; out of South Shore. “(Tahoe) is not a simple fishery and you really have to know the shorelines in order to be able to fish that lake, and to know where they’re at the rest of the year.”

That said, this popular destination is expected to be productive this summer, particularly for Mackinaw and kokanee. And in Cefalu you have a native son who has put in a lot of hours to figure out how to fish this big body of water. 

FOR YOUNGSTERS, GROWING UP in an outdoor playground such as Lake Tahoe is a pretty good life, especially if you love fishing like young Joby Cefalu did. 

“My entire childhood was spent on a skiff in Tahoe. And I’d spend my summers commercial fishing with my uncle in Fort Bragg. So that fishing bug was in me,” Cefalu says. “There was nothing better. The only thing that kept me out of trouble was that skiff, my rod and reel and shotgun.”

“I graduated from college, had a real job for a while and decided that I wanted to be in the fishing industry. I bought a boat and got into guiding, and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. Twenty-five years of enjoying what I do.”

Cefalu learned how to fish Lake Tahoe from his best friend’s grandfather, a local icon named Les Nagy. 

“Les didn’t fish with GPS and waypoints. Les fished by triangulation. And I was taught how to fish the lake,” Cefalu says. “I still go back to those different triangulation points. There’s Twin Peaks to the west over by Emerald Bay, and there’s a big radio tower on the top of Kingsbury Grade, and then a bunch of landmarks across to South Shore that pretty much told you where to fish. Now people just cherry-pick your fishing holes by driving by you and pushing a waypoint, but still I don’t think it’s as precise as what I learned from Les Nagy. And that’s just triangulation from all the different waypoints or landmarks.”

When he was younger, Cefalu admits his Tahoe fishing upbringing focused more on fishing near the shorelines for rainbow and brown trout in the spring and fall, kokanee in the summer and the occasional Mackinaw, or lake trout as they’re also known.

 But as he got into a guiding about a quarter of a century ago, he began to understand that the best approach to take on his favorite lake was to target its healthy population of Macks. 

“As far as the lake trout go, there are more and more people fishing for them with less and less secrets out there,” he says. “That’s a really healthy fishery on Lake Tahoe, so it actually has become a destination for people who want to bring their boat and fish, which I think is fantastic because there is an abundance of fish in Tahoe.”

SO WHAT WORKS BEST for targeting lake trout in Tahoe? Cefalu runs seminars at sports shows discussing the hows and whys of fishing the lake. Understanding that Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and one of its deepest, Cefalu does his best to explain how to tackle so much water.

“When I describe the fishery to people and I talk about their future experience of coming up and enjoying Lake Tahoe, I try to break up the lake into multiple fisheries. Instead of looking at the lake as one big fishery – and this was taught to me – that you take that one fishery early on as a guide,” he says. “It’s a vast body of water and it’s all mountain range. Above the water you can see the mountain range around you in the big bowl. And then underwater it’s a big mountain range that goes out to a 1,200- to 1,600-foot drop. So if you take on that lake as a whole, it’s going to eat you up.”

Still, you can find plenty of fish this summer, even amid all the increased lake traffic of summer pleasure boaters and water skiers. And Cefalu wants those anglers he hosts to have an interactive experience while they seek a fat lake trout. 

“Not to put down those who troll, because trolling is an active style of fishing as well, it’s just that I’ve found over the years that my clients really enjoy jigging because they’re actively fishing for the entire trip,” he says. 

For Cefalu, that means using 2½- to 3-ounce herring jigs tipped with minnows. From about mid-May to the middle or end of July, lake trout are normally found between 60 to 90 feet of water. Light tackle – about 10- to 12-pound test – is his norm to target the Macks. 

The fish are often feeding on schools of kokanee, meaning summer should be a peak time to catch plenty of fish, including some trophy-sized Mackinaw. 

“It’s vertical jigging, so basically I’m keeping us straight up and down and (staying) vertical. I’m trying to drift, so it’s a lot of in and out of gear. And with that style of fishing, you’ll move around quite a bit and fish it inside-out or outside-in.”

So as visitors from the Bay Area, Sacramento and beyond pour into Tahoe this summer – some hoping to strike it rich at the casinos, others to hike and camp, and some to just lounge around the pool or at Tahoe’s beaches – fishing should be on your checklist as well.

 “It can be daunting and a lot of people don’t have the patience,” Cefalu says of conquering the big lake. “And that’s where I think hiring a guide is the best thing you can do in Tahoe.” CS

While rainbows and particularly a lot of trophy brown trout are popular with Lake Tahoe anglers in fall, summer fishing not only includes Mackinaw but also a healthy population of kokanee. 

“You’ll start finding them pretty well spread out in late May to end of June. And then they’ll start grouping up around the Sugar Pine Point area south to Emerald Bay,” guide Joby Cefalu says. 

“And then they’ll slowly start moving down. As they start moving down, they usually end up from the Tahoe Keys all the way over to the Camp Richardson shelf,” he says.

Kokanee fishing in Tahoe means ultralight tackle, with Cefalu going with the old standard setup of small flashers or dodgers with a Kokanee Bug tipped with corn. 

If you don’t have downriggers, 10 to 12 colors of leadcore line work fine. Or if your boat has downriggers set them anywhere from 55 to 110 feet “and you’ll find really good success,” Cefalu says.

If you’re on a good school of fish, you could get as many as 50 strikes while reaching a five-fish limit of kokanee. 

“You can always fish for both kokanee and Mackinaw at the same time because those Mackinaw lay underneath the schools and feed on (kokanee),” he adds. “So I’ll usually stack a few lines and run some big bugs for Mackinaw beneath the schools. And then run a couple lines stacked on the downrigger for the kokanee. Usually I run a flasher on the deeper rod with about an 18-inch leader and a Kokanee Bug tipped with corn.” CC


CDFW To Receive $8.5 Million To Aid Invasive Nutria Eradication Program

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

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today was awarded $8.5 million in funding over three years by the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy to expand its nutria eradication operations.

The funding was awarded in a competitive process as part of the Delta Conservancy’s Proposition 1 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program. The money complements state funding anticipated in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2019-20 budget, which together will establish a dedicated Nutria Eradication Program within CDFW and vastly expand field operations across the entire area of infestation.

The grant funding represents the second, significant award from the Delta Conservancy. In 2018, the Delta Conservancy awarded CDFW $1.2 million over three years that, along with grants from the Wildlife Conservation Board and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s State Wildlife Grant Program, largely enabled CDFW’s eradication efforts to get off the ground.

To date, CDFW has prioritized detection and eradication efforts in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in order to limit the invasive rodents’ spread and impact on California’s most important water resource and the heart of the state’s delivery and infrastructure.

Last week, CDFW confirmed via trail camera video the first nutria detected in Stockton. This is the northernmost nutria detected to date and is approximately 16 river miles north of the nearest known nutria population near Manteca, where CDFW and its partners have been actively trapping. The Stockton detection is within the heart of the Delta. CDFW immediately responded with trapping in the area, redirecting additional resources to the Delta, and checking for upstream source populations.

Since first discovering nutria in Merced County in 2017, CDFW and its partner agencies have taken or confirmed the take of 510 nutria in five counties – 430 from Merced County, 65 from San Joaquin County, 12 from Stanislaus County, two from Mariposa County and one from Fresno County. Nutria have also been confirmed in Tuolumne County.

Nutria, which are native to South America, have established populations in more than a dozen states, including Oregon, Washington, Texas, Louisiana, and the Delmarva Peninsula region of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

In California, nutria pose a significant threat as an agricultural pest, a destroyer of critical wetlands needed by native wildlife, and a public safety risk as their destructive burrowing jeopardizes the state’s water delivery and flood control infrastructure. CDFW is working with both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to eradicate nutria from the state.

Any suspected nutria sightings should be reported immediately to CDFW’s toll-free public reporting hotline at (866) 440-9530. The e-mail address to report sightings is CDFW’s nutria eradication webpage at offers references for identifying nutria and distinguishing nutria from other similar aquatic animals.

Keep It Clean: Check For Potential Invasive Species This Holiday Weekend

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

California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain cautious over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

Quagga and zebra mussels are invasive freshwater mussels native to Europe and Asia. They multiply quickly, encrust watercraft and infrastructure, alter water quality and the aquatic food web and ultimately impact native and sport fish communities. These mussels spread from one waterbody to another by attaching to watercraft, equipment and nearly anything that has been in an infested waterbody.

Invisible to the naked eye, microscopic juveniles are spread from infested waterbodies by water that is entrapped in boat engines, ballasts, bilges, live-wells and buckets. Quagga mussels have infested 33 waterways in Southern California and zebra mussels have infested two waterways in San Benito County.

To prevent the spread of these mussels and other aquatic invasive species, people launching vessels at any waterbody are subject to watercraft inspections and are strongly encouraged to clean, drain and dry their motorized and non-motorized boats, including personal watercraft, and any equipment that contacts the water before and after use.

“While enjoying this long holiday weekend outdoors experiencing the great variety of recreational opportunities that California has to offer, we ask everyone to please continue their vital, long-standing practice of helping us slow the spread of invasive mussels,” said California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Habitat Conservation Planning Branch Chief Rick Macedo.

Take the following steps both before traveling to and before leaving a waterbody to prevent spreading invasive mussels, improve the efficiency of your inspection experience and safeguard California waterways:

  • CLEAN — inspect exposed surfaces and remove all plants and organisms,
  • DRAIN — all water, including water contained in lower outboard units, live-wells and bait buckets, and
  • DRY — allow the watercraft to thoroughly dry between launches. Watercraft should be kept dry for at least five days in warm weather and up to 30 days in cool weather.

CDFW has developed a brief video demonstrating the ease of implementing the clean, drain and dry prevention method. In addition, a detailed guide to cleaning vessels of invasive mussels is available on the CDFW’s webpage. Additional information is available on the Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) websiteand the Department of Water Resources (DWR) website.

Travelers are also advised to be prepared for inspections at California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Border Protection Stations. Over the past 10 years, more than 1.45 million watercraft entering California have been inspected at the Border Protection Stations. Inspections, which can also be conducted by CDFW and California State Parks, include a check of boats and personal watercraft, as well as trailers and all onboard items. Contaminated vessels and equipment are subject to decontamination, rejection, quarantine or impoundment.

Quagga and zebra mussels can attach to and damage virtually any submerged surface. They can:

  • Ruin a boat engine by blocking the cooling system and causing it to overheat
  • Jam a boat’s steering equipment, putting occupants and others at risk
  • Require frequent scraping and repainting of boat hulls
  • Colonize all underwater substrates such as boat ramps, docks, lines and other underwater surfaces, causing them to require constant cleaning
  • Impose large expenses to owners

A multi-agency effort that includes CDFW, DBW, CDFA and DWR has been leading an outreach campaign to alert the public to the quagga and zebra mussel threats. A toll-free hotline, (866) 440-9530, is available for those seeking information on quagga or zebra mussels.


Rockfish, Lingcod Daily Limits Increased

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

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced increases to the recreational canary rockfish (Sebastes pinniger), black rockfish (S. melanops) and lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) daily limits.

Within the statewide Rockfish Cabezon Greenlings Complex daily bag limit of 10 fish, the sub-bag limit for canary rockfish will increase from two to three fish, and the sub-bag limit for black rockfish will increase from three to four fish. The daily bag limit for lingcod will increase from one to two fish for areas south of 40°10’ N. lat (near Cape Mendocino), returning the statewide bag limit for lingcod to two fish. The changes are effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Limited retention of canary rockfish in California’s recreational fishery began in 2017 as a result of the stock being declared rebuilt. Because retention of canary rockfish had been prohibited in recreational fisheries off California for more than a decade, incremental increases to the daily sub-bag limit are being implemented to balance fishing opportunity while keeping catch within harvest limits.

Less optimistic stock assessment outcomes for black rockfish in 2015 and lingcod in 2017 resulted in a reduction to both the harvest limits and bag limits for these species. A review of the most recent recreational catch information showed that less catch for these species occurred during 2017 and 2018 than anticipated. This prompted the current increase in the statewide black rockfish sub-bag limit and lingcod bag limit south of Cape Mendocino to better achieve allowable harvest.

Catches of several important groundfish species, including canary and black rockfish, are monitored weekly to ensure harvest limits are not exceeded.

Pursuant to California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 27.20(e), CDFW has the authority to make in-season modifications to the recreational fishery, including adjustments to bag and sub-bag limits.

For more information regarding groundfish regulations, management and fish identification tools, please visit the CDFW Marine Region Groundfish webpage.

CDFW Seeking Tips To Solve Humboldt Elk Poaching Case

CDFW Photo

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

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Californians Turn in Poachers and Polluters Program (CalTIP) is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the poacher responsible for killing four Roosevelt elk in Humboldt County last December.

On Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, CDFW wildlife officers responded to a poaching report in the Maple Creek area, southeast of Blue Lake. There they discovered four dead Roosevelt cow elk and evidence that they had been killed with a firearm. One elk was pregnant.

CDFW closely manages the state’s Roosevelt elk herds. A limited number of hunting permits are available for this species in Humboldt County and some hunters wait more than a decade to be successful in the drawing. Elk hunting season was not open at the time these animals were shot, and CDFW is asking the public for help with any information that may help bring the poachers to justice.

“This poacher shot these animals and left them for dead,” said CDFW Law Enforcement Division District Capt. AJ Bolton. “The vast majority of hunters are ethical and law-abiding citizens, but this is poaching, plain and simple.”

CDFW extends its thanks to four non-governmental hunting organizations that pledged the reward money to help solve this case. Those organizations are California Bowmen Hunters, California Houndsmen for Conservation, the Oranco Bowmen from Ontario and the Orange Belt Field Archers.

Wildlife officers are continuing their investigation, including processing evidence left at the crime scene. CDFW asks that anyone who has any information regarding this poaching crime to contact the statewide tip hotline, CalTIP, at 1 (888) 334-2258. Tips can also be sent via text to CALTIP, followed by a space and the message to tip411 (847411). CalTIP is a confidential secret witness program that encourages the public to provide CDFW with information leading to the arrest of poachers and polluters. CalTIP operates closely but independently from CDFW’s Law Enforcement Division and is funded exclusively from private donations.