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What to do with injured wildlife?

California Outdoors Q&As by Carrie Wilson, CA DFG Marine Biologist
Question: We have seen an injured buck in our neighborhood with a gash in his left hind leg and bone sticking out. It’s swollen, probably infected and he can’t put any weight on that leg at all. I don't see how it will get better and he doesn’t seem to have much to look forward to other than a lot of suffering and a painful death. He needs to either be given a fighting chance by tranquilizing and treating him or to be put out of his misery so this injury won’t fester and cause him to suffer anymore. Is there anything someone can do? (Jennifer P., Pacific Grove)

Answer: There are wildlife rehabilitation facilities that are able to help fawns in some situations, but for safety reasons they cannot possess or take in adult deer. According to Nicole Carion, DFG’s statewide coordinator for wildlife rehabilitation and restricted species, adult deer can be very dangerous and do not fare well in captivity to undergo medical treatment, so a rescue is not a good option. In this particular case, it sounds like humane euthanasia may be the best solution.  

Unfortunately, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) does not have the manpower to respond to most injured wild animal calls. You should still report injured wildlife to your local DFG office. If there is someone who can respond, they will do so. The DFG may also be able to coordinate with local animal control to help an injured animal. It’s best to leave wildlife alone though, for safety reasons and because human interference in most cases is not beneficial. This buck may succumb to his injuries, but there are many times when deer can survive severe injuries; they just need time to heal. Thank you for caring about wildlife.

For more information on what to do about sick or injured wildlife, please see the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/LivingWithWildlife/.

New trucks with locking gun storage lockers

Question: I have some questions about a new crew cab style pickup out this season that includes a pair of built-in locking storage lockers under the rear seats that can be used to store firearms. My questions are:

 1. Would dual storage lockers, separated by a divider that must be unlocked on both sides before it can be removed, satisfy the storage and transport requirements of California law, providing of course the gun is transported empty and the ammo is kept separately in the other compartment?

 2. In the case of long guns, if the two compartments are linked by pulling out the divider, would the owner then have to store ammo somewhere else? The only other locking storage compartment would be the glove compartment or maybe center console storage, but that is within reach of the driver. (Matt E., Sacramento)

Answer: A concealable firearm is defined as a pistol, revolver or firearm with a barrel less than 16 inches (Penal Code, section 12001 (a)). Concealable firearms are prohibited in a vehicle whether they are loaded or not (PC, section 12025 (a)(1)). However, concealable firearms may be carried in a motor vehicle provided they are locked in the vehicle’s trunk or in a locked container in the vehicle other than the utility or glove compartment (PC, section 12026.1 (a)(1)).  There are some exceptions to this.  For instance, when engaging in, going to or returning from a hunting or fishing expedition, licensed hunters and fishermen may lawfully carry an unloaded concealable firearm anywhere in their vehicle (PC, section 12027 (g)). 

According to DFG Lt. Scott Melvin, because these particular under-the-seat lockers are new, there is yet no case law that specifically addresses them. In the future, the court may interpret these lockers as falling outside the description of utility or glove compartments as described in PC, section 12026.1 (a)(1), thus allowing people to carry handguns there. But until then, the new storage lockers should be considered utility or glove compartments. 

As for carrying long guns in under-the-seat storage lockers, there is nothing prohibiting someone from carrying an unloaded rifle or shotgun with a barrel 16 inches or longer in their vehicle. If the magazine is not attached to the rifle (and there is not an unexpended cartridge in the firing chamber), the rifle is unloaded. It doesn't matter how close the rifle and magazine are to each other.

Number of fishing lines in saltwater?

Question: How many fishing lines can I use at one time when fishing in the ocean? (Rob K.)

Answer: In saltwater, you can use as many lines as you can handle, with some exceptions. On public piers, only two fishing appliances (lines, rods, traps, hoop nets, etc.) are allowed. When fishing for rockfish, lingcod, salmon and some other species, the number of lines you can use is limited (see individual species' regulations for details). When fishing in San Francisco Bay only one line may be used (and three hooks, maximum). See section 28.65 in the current Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet for more information.

Carrie Wilson is a marine biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game. While she cannot personally answer everyone’s questions, she will select a few to answer each week. Please contact her at CalOutdoors@dfg.ca.gov.

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CDFW: Watch for waterfowl mortality!

07/30/14 -- Drought conditions have increased the possibility of disease outbreaks in waterfowl, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that causes avian botulism...Full Story

Explore Whiskeytown NRA Riparian Zones

07/29/14 -- Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is inviting families to explore riparian habitats and learn about the importance of water quality. WNRA has numerous healthy riparian zones. Riparian zones are critically...Full Story

CA DFW ALDS license sales system down

By Frank Galusha
07/29/30 -- The California Department of Fish & Wildlife's ALDS auto-licensing system was down as of 2:30 p.m. today according to a recorded message at the Department's License & Revenue Branch, telephone 916-928-5805...Full Story

​Lassen Park/NASA to host Dark Sky Festival

07/28/14 -- Lassen Volcanic National Park, in collaboration with NASA, will host the 2014 Dark Sky Festival from August 1 to 3. The festival is filled with exciting activities for all ages. Daytime activities include safe sun viewing...Full Story

CDFW August Calendar

07/27/14 -- The Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve offers Docent-led walks which are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are available for the public to borrow at no cost...Full Story

Protecting Wildlife via Highway Fences

Game fences are primarily installed along traditional deer and elk migratory routes (Tule elk photo courtesy of USFWS)
California Outdoors Q&A by Carrie Wilson
07/25/14 -- I have been hunting deer and elk out of state for years. Every western state I have hunted has installed game fencing adjacent to highways where big game frequents and/or migrates. Why in the... Full Story

Light Your Way

Light Your Way by John Higley
Article and photos by John Higley
07/25/14 -- Okay, I was lost, or at least in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was a long time ago and I was in New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness Area following what I thought was the trail back to camp, only it was a path used primarily...Full Story

15 fires on Rogue River-Siskiyou NF

07/24/14 -- Thunderstorms on Tuesday ignited fifteen fires on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The starts are located on the Siskiyou Mountains and High Cascades Ranger Districts and are all reported...Full Story

Ramp etiquette; even more important

Low water conditions with boats clustered among the high banks of a lake. chuck giles
By Chuck Giles
07/24/14 -- Well, it is time once again for my annual diatribe on boat ramp etiquette. This year, however, it is even more critical that boaters mind their manners simply because, on some major lakes, there will only be one...Full Story

​Wild Horse Sanctuary open house 8/16

07/23/14 -- Looking for some wild summertime fun in the country? Well, look no further than the Wild Horse Sanctuary’s annual Open House on Saturday, August 16 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Shingletown...Full Story

Boat trailer frame repairs

Article and photos by Don Stec
07/22/14 -- One of the most common damages we see to a boat trailer is caused by “jack knifing” the trailer. This is usually when the trailer is being backed up and the turn angle becomes too severe. The trailer cannot...Full Story

Turtle Bay to host 3rd annual golf tourney

07/22/14 -- On Monday, September 8, Turtle Bay will host a shamble-format tournament that features four person teams in three divisions: Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed. The tournament will be at Riverview Golf...Full Story

Lassen National Volcanic Park

Jim Broshears, Mt. Lassen view from Brokeoff Mountain
By Jim Broshears
07/21/14 -- Lassen National Park is one of the best kept secrets in the National Park system. It may be hard to call a place that has over 400,000 visitors a year a secret but compared to Yosemite’s 2.5 million and the 9.4...Full Story

​Honey, Bees Can Make You Bumble!

The outdoor edge author badge for Don Webster, myoutdoorbuddy.com
By Don Webster
07/21/14 -- It was a warm, sunny day in July, many, many years ago. In two months, I would officially be a teenager. As I recall, it was a Saturday, and our entire family had piled into two cars and we were headed...Full Story

Peak Bagging in Winter

Peak Bagging in Winter, Jim Broshears, Trailhead Adventures, Paradise, CA, MyOutdoorBuddy.com By Jim Broshears
02/11/13 -- Peak bagging, according to peakbagging.com/ refers to climbing mountains. When a summit is reached, it is “bagged”. You don’t have to go to exotic locations to enjoy this sport, or even be an elite mountain climber...Full Story

CDFW: Wild animals do not need handouts

horned buck, CDF photo
07/14/14 -- As the drought continues into the summer months, CDFW reminds residents to be mindful of their actions in the outdoors and to take measures to discourage wildlife from coming into contact with humans...Full Story

#ExploRedding finds winning photography

07/13/14 -- The Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau, also known as Visit Redding, is excited to announce the first of three winners from its #ExploRedding photo contest. The contest invites participants to share...Full Story

Two popular Oregon campgrounds closed

07/11/14 -- Cave Creek and Big Pine Campgrounds are not currently open for public use due to hazard trees. The Cave Creek Campground is a higher elevation campground located south of the Oregon Caves Highway...Full Story

Meteor shower party set at Whiskeytown

07/11/14 -- Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, in partnership with the Shasta Astronomy Club, will be holding a special star party to view the Perseid Meteor Shower on Sunday, August 10th, 2014. These very knowledgeable...Full Story

Mountains of Marble

horseback riding trails, marble mountain, phil akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
07/11/14 -- Welcome to the Marble Mountain Wilderness located in the heart of the Klamath National Forest. Designated in 1931 as the Marble Mountain Primitive Area, this later became one of California’s original... Full Story

Explore wild places during summer break!

07/07/14 -- School is out, summer is here and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is encouraging families to spend time enjoying the outdoors. With long, hot days ahead, parents may be looking for...  Full Story

BoatUS: Why boats sink (10 prevention tips)

07/04/14 -- When a boat sinks, that’s likely the end of her. That’s because repairs on a sunken boat often cost more than the actual value of the boat. So if boaters want to prevent a sinking at all costs, what can they do...Full Story

Those Amazing Elephant Seals

Northern elephant seals on the beach at Piedras Blancas.
By Steven T. Callan 
06/24/14 -- My first opportunity to see a northern elephant seal was in October of 1959, as an excited eleven-year-old passenger aboard the Fish and Game Patrol Boat Marlin. My father, California Fish and Game Warden... Full Story

July CDFW Fish and Wildlife Calendar

O6/23/14 -- Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docent-led walks are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are available for the public to borrow at no cost. The visitor center... Full Story

Whiskeytown NRA imposes fire restrictions

06/22/14 -- Due to continued extreme dry conditions as a result of the ongoing drought, the National Park Service at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is implementing fire restrictions at the park. These restrictions... Full Story

Tour historical Whisketytown Cemetery

06/22/14 -- Meet with a park ranger at the Whiskeytown Cemetery for a walking tour Sunday evenings July 20 through September 7 starting at 6:30 p.m. The tour will visit gravesites and learn about some of the individuals...Full Story

Will drought extend into 2015?

precipitation indices for Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys, 1906-2013, grid
By Jay Lund and Jeffrey Mount
06/17/14 -- Debates over how to manage California’s critically dry water supplies this year have displaced most discussion about water next year. This year’s drought is bad, but another dry year that begins with even lower...Full Story

One for the Myth Busters?

By Gary Heffley
06/14/14 -- I have heard some off-the-wall claims in my life and at first blush this one was right up there. A shopper came into my department looking for a stun gun, nothing strange there but he wanted it to use on his dogs... Full Story

Whiskeytown NRA offers summer fun

06/09/14 -- Whiskeytown National Recreation Area offers a variety of free, family friendly ranger-led activities throughout the summer. From kayaking to stargazing, there is something for everyone! Programs begin June 14... Full Story

New exhibits on I-5 point to Lava Beds

photo and map exhibit kiosk, Collier Interpretive & Information Center (CIIC) National Lava Beds monument
06/09/14 -- New Exhibits on the I-5 Corridor near Yreka are designed to bring more visitors to the Klamath Basin. Exhibits feature attractions such as Lava Beds, Tule Lake, and Klamath Basin Refuges... Full Story

Roaring Camp 1; Grumpy old man 0

 This is a better pic of Antonnette at the sluice box.
By Chuck Giles
05/31/14 – For a full seven day stretch last week, I was not a grumpy old man. I slipped into a happy trance. My wife, Antonnette and I spent the time at Roaring Camp Gold Mining Company in Pine Grove, California. I have... Full Story

Take a trail ride at Wild Horse Sanctuary

 Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown/Manton, 4 horses
By Jill Broughton
05/29/14 -- The Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown/Manton kicked off its annual trail ride season with the Wildflower ride on April 26th-27th. Professor Laird Blackwell, an expert on California wildflowers, entertained and... Full Story

Fleener's Chimneys -- Mystery & Change

Lava tube, chimney, Modoc County
05/29/14 -- Early Lava Beds explorer J.D. Howard visited and named Fleener’s Chimneys on his first visit in 1916. Ninety eight years ago, what would become Lava Beds National Monument was a very different place... Full Story

Summer programs at Lava Beds/Tule Lake

Pacific National Monument, Lava Beds
05/20/14 -- National Park staff is resuming summer interpretive programming at Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Guided walks, cave tours, and patio talks will... Full Story

Find out what makes you...You

05/09/14 -- What makes you… You? Find out beginning this Saturday, May 10, at Turtle Bay Exploration Park. The Park welcomes this year’s summer blockbuster exhibition, Identity: An Exhibition of You, presented by Shasta... Full Story

Walk on the Wild side at Turtle Bay

O5/09/14 -- – Back for another year.... Five Star Bank presents the Walk on the Wild Side animal show! Marvel as a hawk flies inches from your head. See a porcupine up close and personal. Watch a fox use its tail to balance... Full Story

50th Wilderness Celebration set for Red Bluff

05/01/14 -- Save the date (Oct. 10-12) and register early! Northern California will be hosting the premier 50th Wilderness celebration in Tehama County this fall in Red Bluff. “Wilderness Treasures – Celebrating 50...Full Story

The Mystery of the Middle Fork – Part III

By Jim Broshears
04/09/14 -- Our search for Tuck’s lost meadow continued in 2013. After three previous trips and multiple days of searching, you might be wondering why we don’t just call it a day. Or possibly question why we have not... Full Story

Extreme Beam Flashlights

By Gary Heffley
04/08/14 -- Let’s get right to the point Extreme Beam Flashlights are durable, dependable, have great tactical applications and outshines most of the competition. What’s that you say, you have looked at some of the competition...Full Story

Snowy plovers nesting on S. Ore. coast

03/12/14 -- The nesting season of the western snowy plover, a small shorebird native to the Oregon coast, begins in mid-March. That means that as of March 15, beachgoers will see signs and ropes that identify... Full Story

The Mystery of the Middle Fork -- Part II

Article and photos by Jim Broshears
03/10/14 -- Our return to the Middle Fork of Feather River would take place in August of 2012. Having nearly 10 months to plan the next exploration, we, of course, waited until the last minute decide our course of action... Full Story

The Mystery of the Missing Valley -- Part I

The Mystery of the Missing Valley By Jim Broshears
Article and photos by Jim Broshears
02/15/14 -- Part #1 Exploring the Middle Fork of the Feather River -- Stories about hidden valleys, waterfalls, canyons and fishing are part of outdoor folklore. Most of these tales begin with “When I was a kid we went to this place” and...Full Story

Fee Free Days set for BLM-Public Lands

Fee Free Days, BLM Managed Public Lands
01/01/14 -- The Bureau of Land Management, in conjunction with other agencies within the Department of the Interior, will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to the National System of Public Lands for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day...Full Story

Mendocino Weekend: Cave & Wave Kayaking

Mendocino Weekend: Cave & Wave Kayaking, John Whittenberger, Headwaters adventure, Redding Ca., outdoors recreation
Article and photos by John Whittenberger
10/30/13 -- My first day paddle (Thursday October 24) from Russian Gulch to the town of Mendocino was calming after being in my truck for so long. The sun came out and warmed me up just enough so I wanted to land on... Full Story

Old Station guide is also a great artist

Eagle on Moose Horn, Chuck Gularte, Rim Rock Ranch Resort, Old Station, CA By Mike Mogler
05/29/13 -- Chuck Gularte, co-owner of Rim Rock Ranch, located in Old Station just across Hwy. 89 from Hat Creek, has been a resident here since 2000 and has observed the fish and wildlife of this resource-rich region as the seasons... Full Story

BLM seeks input on use of OR public lands

01/30/13 – Resource Management Plans or RMPs are a process in which the BLM is working with communities, to gain innovative ideas and to identify the latest natural resource research on how your Oregon public lands will...Full Story

 

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