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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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CA DFW has swan tours through January

09/19/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will offer free swan tours near Marysville from Nov. 2014 through Jan. 2015. Co-hosted by local rice farmers, the tours will focus on tundra swans...Full Story

Deer hunting from my porch?

California Mule Deer (CDFW photo)
California Outdoors Q&A by Carrie Wilson
09/18/14 --  I have a house on five acres in Northern California and have some really nice bucks on my land. Every day they come within a few feet of my house and graze on my garden and plants. If I purchase an A Zone tag...Full Story

Fire leaves huge scar on Weed

Weed, California Boles Fire Devastation, Ray Haupt
By Ray Haupt
09/16/14 -- This is a view on the south side of the Roseburg Mill in Weed, California. The small housing area in the foreground looks to me to be the old mill housing area just east/northeast of the Weed Mercantile. Cause of the...Full Story

Pick Up Litter Day comes to Parks

09/17/14 -- Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, the Friends of Whiskeytown, and Forever Resorts are collaborating with local businesses and supporters to help clean up litter around Whiskeytown Lake on Saturday...Full Story

Be alert during WOW Week

Coyotes safely cross under SR 76 in San Diego County. Caltrans photoA bobcat that just crossed safely under State Route 76 in San Diego County. Caltrans photo
09/16/14 -- Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) remind motorists to remain alert for wildlife near roadways during Watch Out for Wildlife Week (WOW), which runs September 15-21...Full Story

How to Comply with Tow Chain Laws

By Don Stec
09/13/14 -- One of the most common mistakes trailer owners make is: Failure to properly attach a safety chain between a trailer and the towing vehicle. There seems to be a consensus by the general public that simply...Full Story

Sac River NWR Codora Unit opens

Sul Norte and codora sign USFWS
09/12/14 -- If you have driven across the Butte City Bridge on Highway 162 in Glenn County you may have noticed a large habitat restoration on the south side of the roadway. This is the Codora Unit of the Sacramento...  Full Story

Identity of mountain lion confirmed

09/12/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has completed forensics testing of the mountain lion killed by wildlife officials in Cupertino on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Test results from the department’s...Full Story

Lassen Park seeks input on Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell Basin, NPS photo
09/11/14 -- Lassen Volcanic National Park is looking for input on the Park’s Bumpass Hell Trails. Lassen Volcanic National Park wants your ideas on managing the trails and to improve access in the Bumpass Hell basin...Full Story

Lion guilty of attack killed by CA DFW

09/11/14 -- A 65-pound male mountain lion was killed with a rifle shot near the Picchetti Ranch Zinfandel Trail area this morning in an effort to protect public safety relating to a lion attack several days earlier. Wildlife experts...Full Story

Will cold smoking kill fish parasites?

California Outdoors Q&A by Carrie Wilson
09/11/14 -- I recently caught a number of trout that had what I believe to be parasites called “Lernaea” attached to them in various places. I know after reading another posting from this column titled “Parasites and Trout”...Full Story

Young boy attacked by mountain lion

09/09/14 -- A 6-year-old boy hiking with a large group of people was attacked by a mountain lion in a rural area west of Cupertino on Sunday afternoon. The child is expected to survive, and the California Department...Full Story

Above the Canopy

Elegant terns feeding young in kelp beds off Lovers Cove, Pacific Grove, photo by Steven T. Callan
Article and photos by Steven T. Callan
09/06/14 -- Having had the pleasure and privilege of diving in California’s kelp forests from San Diego to Monterey, I would describe it as a surreal, almost religious experience -- witnessing underwater cathedrals rising...Full Story

Redding events for your calendar

Redding Air Show, Visit Redding, Exchange Club
09/03/14 -- In September, Redding gets historical on land and in the air. September 27 and 28 marks the spectacle, tradition, and education as Historic Hawes Farms Civil War Reenactment and the 29th Redding Air Show...Full Story

Turtle Bay to showcase Toytopia

Toyopia, Monopoly, Turtle Bay Museum, Redding, Shasta,Credit Stage Nine Productions.
09/03/14 -- Turtle Bay is gearing up to host a brand new exhibition: Toytopia, from Stage Nine Exhibit Design! From September 20th to January 7th, the Exploration Hall and East End of the museum will be filled with a reminisce...Full Story

Trinidad Sea Kayaking

Trinidad Sea Kayaking, Pacific Outfitters, PacificOutfittersAdventures.com
By Jason Self
09/03/14 -- The thing I love most about guiding and coaching sea kayaking is sharing unique experience with others. The ocean is dynamic. It’s full of life and energy. One hundred yards from shore and you’re...Full Story

Pit River flows increased two weekends

09/02/14 --  Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will provide high, whitewater flows in the Pit 5 Reach (9.3 miles) of the Pit River in eastern Shasta County over two weekends, the company announced today...Full Story

Whiskeytown NRA to have Harvest Festival

09/01/14 -- Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and the Friends of Whiskeytown are inviting visitors to the 4th Annual Harvest Festival on September 20, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the park’s Tower House...Full Story

Special exhibition on tap for Lassen Park

08/30/14 -- Lassen Volcanic National Park will celebrate its new Artist-In-Residence program with a special exhibition opening at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center on Friday, August 29. The exhibition will feature...Full Story

Matsutake mushroom season to begin

08/29/14 -- Matsutake mushroom season will begin next week within the Medicine Lake Highlands region of the Modoc National Forest. The season will open Sept. 2, 2014 and will run through Nov. 30, 2014 when all...Full Story

A bridge to the future -- but where?

By Frank Galusha
08/28/14 – Don’t be fooled by the dateline on this story! It’s not August 28, 2014! Skip ahead 500 years. This is the Sacramento River flowing through the city of Redding in the year 2514. The city’s marvelous Sundial Bridge...Full Story

Wildlife Officer Academy graduates 28

08/27/14 -- Twenty-eight cadets graduated from the California Wildlife Officer Academy during ceremonies at the Performing Arts Center in Paradise, Calif. on Aug. 23, 2014. The graduating class included 17 sponsored...Full Story

CDFW September 2014 Calendar

08/26/14 -- 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

Lava Beds install new information panels

lava Beds information panels
08/25/14 -- New information panels designed to educate and attract potential visitors to Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Unit have been installed in Tulelake Basin communities and along traffic corridors...Full Story

CDFW recruiting new Wildlife Officers

08/22/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is recruiting those interested in a career as a wildlife officer. CDFW will accept applications for wildlife officer cadet from Aug. 22 through Oct. 17, 2014...Full Story

Snakes... why did it have to be snakes!

rattle snake coiled
By Don E. Webster
08/21/14 -- Many years ago, early-on in our marriage, I brought home a rather large rattlesnake in my knapsack that I'd dispatched with a shovel while on a camping trip. Admittedly, killing the snake was...Full Story

Lake Oroville; the real issue

By Chuck Giles
08/08/14 -- The bottom line is we have ourselves a water situation, “Duh!” Lake Oroville already resembles what it used to be; the Feather River. Suddenly, this hits home for all us anglers in our bass and trolling rigs who...Full Story

Celebrate Fall at WNRA Harvest Festival

08/07/14 -- Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and the Friends of Whiskeytown are inviting visitors to attend the 4th Annual Harvest Festival on September 20, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the park’s Tower...Full Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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