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Can lizards be legally captured?

California DFG Outdoors Q&As by Carrie Wilson
03/02/12 -- Question: My 8-year-old caught a pair of western fence lizards in the park near our house. He brought them home and they're doing very well in a terrarium in his room. We did some online research to find out how to care for them, and came across several lively debates on the herp forums as to whether it's even legal to keep them as pets. Some believe it's against the law unless you have a collection permit, while others say it's only illegal to collect and keep threatened or endangered species. My son would like to keep them, but doesn't want to break any Fish and Game laws. (Kirsten M., Sacramento)

Answer: Lizards are considered herps, and herps fall under the fishing regulations. Herps may be taken in accordance with section 5.60 in the Freshwater Fishing Regulations. A fishing license is required for those 16 and older. Western fence lizards are legal to take but they cannot be traded, bartered or sold, and the bag limit is 25.

Western Fence Lizard. Photo courtesy of CA DFG. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
Western Fence Lizard. Photo courtesy of CA DFG.

Definition of “Vessel” to transit through MPAs?
Question:
With the MPAs now in effect here in Southern California, I would like a better definition of the word “vessel” specifically related to: "Vessels shall be allowed to transit through marine protected areas and marine managed areas with catch onboard. Fishing gear shall not be deployed in the water while transiting through a state marine reserve. Fishing gear, except legal fishing gear used to take species identified as allowed for take in subsection 632(b), shall not be deployed in the water while transiting through a state marine recreational management area, state marine park or state marine conservation area."

Does a “vessel” always have to have a motor or can it be a non-motorized kayak, canoe, row boat, float tube, etc.? (Chad C., Poway)

Answer: Yes to all of the examples you present. A vessel under the circumstances you're asking will be defined as any floating platform that a person can fish from. We even see people here in my local area actively fishing from their surfboards. So by doing so, that surfboard is then considered a "vessel" when it is used in this manner as a fishing platform.

Hunting ducks affected by standing corn?
Question:
This past duck season, I hunted at a private club with a guide.  We did OK but the birds all seemed to want to go to the club next door. The guide told me that was because the neighbor had corn on his property and the ducks went in there to feed. I asked him if that was baiting, which I thought was illegal. The guide said that the corn they had next door was "standing corn" which was not harvested and left to fall on its own. He said as long as the owner didn't harvest or "manipulate" the corn, that it was not considered baiting. Is this correct? What are the rules on planting corn and leaving it alone for the ducks? (Luke B.)

Answer: Yes, the guide was correct. Baiting of waterfowl fall under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 50, section 20.21(i), available online at gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html.

What to do with a pig that's rooting through our neighborhood?
Question:
We live in a residential subdivision in Gualala in Sonoma County and there is a wild male pig rooting around the homes. This pig is making himself at home and rooting up the unfenced ground around our home. Most everyone who lives around here has had this guy at their home. This is a 2- to 5-acre residential zoning so we cannot shoot him, not that we want to. He follows the same evening route just before sunset. I have no objection to Fish and Game setting a trap box here. We don't venture around our place after sunset. This pig has been sighted in the past two weeks by about six people. We have weekly garbage service which no doubt is an attraction and our homeowners association has notified its membership. (Jeff W., Gualala)

Answer: First of all I suggest you make sure no garbage or artificial food attractants are being left out to draw the animal into your neighborhood. Talk to your neighbors about this and make sure your homeowners association spreads the word, too.

Homeowners associations differ from place to place, but most are within a designated city limit and most cities impose firearm discharge restrictions for the general populous. Thus, this would make shooting the pig unlawful in most situations. As such, hunting and immediate take are not options. Landowners or your housing association can apply to the Department of Fish and Game for a depredation permit and then contact a local pig removal company or a federal trapper through USDA Wildlife Services who operate in select California Counties (aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage/) to trap and remove the pig.

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

CDFW hosts speaker at Nimbus Hatchery

07/30/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is hosting the fourth installment of its speaker series with a presentation on Aquatic Invasive Species in the American River. The event will be held at the Nimbus...Full Story

Now 47 fires in Rogue River/Siskiyou NF

07/30/14 -- Updated at 8:30 p.m. as follows: [Firefighters are heavily engaged this evening with numerous new starts from an afternoon lightning storm and holdover fires from yesterday’s storm (see original post below). Ten new starts...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

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

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