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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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How to measure abalone and avoid a ticket

Abalone must be measured with a fixed-caliper measuring gauge capable of accurately measuring seven inches (CDFW staff photo)
California Outdoors Q&A by Carrie Wilson
10/30/14 -- I know a guy who was abalone diving off his kayak recently and took three nice abalone that all measured around nine inches. He was diving for the big abs and so was using a 9-inch gauge, but had his required...Full Story

Black Bird wins Readers Choice Award

Blackbird with mask, Medford Mail Tribune, Readers' Choice Award
10/29/14 -- Blackbird shopping center of Medford has won the 2014 Medford Mail Tribune Readers’ Choice Award in the category of favorite “Outdoor Store.” The results were published last weekend as a newspaper insert...Full Story

Nimbus Hatchery fish ladder opens Nov. 3

Crowd at Nimbus Hatchery
10/29/14 -- The salmon ladder at Nimbus Hatchery in Rancho Cordova will open Monday, Nov. 3, signaling the start of the spawning season on the American River. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) hatchery... Full Story

Report shows dramatic changes to Delta

10/29/14 -- A recent study produced by the San Francisco Estuary Institute-Aquatic Science Center and funded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) identifies the dramatic ecological transformation of the Delta... Full Story

Passing on the Tradition essay contest

10/29/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and California Wildlife Officer Foundation are again co-sponsoring the annual “Passing on the Tradition” essay contest for young hunters...Full Story

Lake Britton Dam Bridge closes Nov. 3 - 23

10/25/14 -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will close off traffic across the bridge over the Lake Britton Dam from Nov. 3-23. During this time PG&E’s contractor will have equipment on the bridge, which will be closed 24 hours... Full Story

CDFW November 2014 Calendar

10/24/14 -- Docent-led walks at the Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve 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

Dropping crab traps before the opener?

California Outdoors Q&A by Carrie Wilson
10/23/14 --  Is it legal to drop Dungeness crab gear prior to opening day? I’ve heard it’s legal to drop gear the day or night before opening day to let it soak overnight. I looked in the Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations booklet but couldn’t...Full Story

Oregon Weekly Recreation Report

10/23/14 -- An adult steelhead fishing workshop has been scheduled for Nov. 8 by the NW Steelheaders and ODFW, giving angles a chance to learn where to find and how to catch these elusive fish. The focus will be on three... Full Story

Black bear cub shops in Ashland Rite Aid

The female black bear cub this morning (Oct. 22) at PAWS. Photo courtesy of PAWS.
10/23/14 -- A black bear cub found wandering the aisles of a Rite Aid in Ashland, Ore. on Sunday has been transferred to PAWS in Lynwood, Wash. PAWS will be caring for the cub with the goal of returning it to the wild next... Full Story

Point of Sale System installed at Modoc NF

10/23/14 -- Modoc National Forest officials say a new Point of Sale System (POSS) will be in place as early as next week that will provide more payment options for customers at all offices. When POSS is online, the public will have... Full Story

Oregon State Police: Watch for wildlife

Meyerhofer vehicle after being in accident, OSP, Oregon State Police,
10/21/14 -- Within the last few days there have been several wildlife-involved traffic collisions on Oregon highways, serving as another reminder for travelers to be on extra alert for wildlife and other animals... Full Story

Some Lava Beds bat caves open

10/20/14 -- Temperatures are dropping, which means the bats at Lava Beds National Monument (Lava Beds NM) are beginning to move into their winter roosts (called hibernacula) and vacate their summer homes...Full Story

Contest for CA Upland Game stamp begins

10/19/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is conducting an art contest to select the design for the state’s 2014-2015 upland game bird stamp. The California Upland Game Bird Stamp... Full Story

USFWS re-opens comment on Cuckoo

Yellow Billed Cuckoo photo courtesy of Wikipedia
By Frank Galusha
10/15/14 -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Oct. 14, 2014, will re-open the public comment period on its proposal to designate 546,335 acres of critical habitat for the western population of yellow... Full Story

Whiskeytown fire restrictions rescinded

10/15/14 -- Due to the recent moderation of local wildland fire conditions, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is rescinding the fire restrictions enacted at the park on June 19, 2014. Recent rains... Full Story

Making Friends With The Neighbors

Wild (feral) stallions competing - copyright Laura Simpson 2014
By William E. Simpson
10/14/14 -- There are few animals in nature that match the majestic beauty of a stallion running wild and free. They rule their territory by day and by night. Recently, my wife Laura and I decided to change adventures...Full Story

Whiskeytown NRA plans prescribed burns

10/10/14 -- Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is planning to begin seasonal prescribed burning activities within the next several weeks. Rain events in late September helped to provide desirable...Full Story

Recreation in every direction

photo by Ashley McTucker, Shasta Lake view
By Frank Galusha
09/08/14 -- Every imaginable outdoor activity in the Shasta Cascade Wonderland is just a short day trip from two vacation rentals high above Lake Shasta operated by Shasta Lake Properties. “That is not all that sets us apart” says... Full Story

Ishi

 Newspaper headline from early August 1911. Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Bee.
By Phil 'Flip' Akers
10/08/14 -- Southwest of Mt. Lassen lies a remote and largely forgotten piece of Cascade foothill region. Dark basaltic cliffs and pinnacles adorn inhospitable river canyons, carved by what is now Mill and Deer Creeks, through bad...Full Story

USFWS to list West Coast Fisher

West Coast Fisher, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
10/07/14 -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it is seeking information from the scientific community, the public and interested stakeholders on its proposal to protect the West Coast population...Full Story

Manton Apple Festival: More than apples

manton apple festival
By Mike Mogler
10/07/14 -- Saturday morning October 4, my wife and I headed down Wilson Hill Road to the Manton Apple Festival for some good eats and social interaction and the great bluegrass music performed by local... Full Story

Tall Trees and Emerald Waters

Kathy at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, beside one of the largest (redwood) trees on Earth., photo by Steven T. Callan
By Steven T. Callan
10/06/14 -- Kathy and I recently attended the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) fall conference on the aptly-named Wild Rivers Coast. Stretching from Port Orford, Oregon to Klamath, California, the Wild.... Full Story

Five Mile Point Caves predate 'Clovis'

10/03/14 -- The National Park Service has added the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves to the United States’ listing of the nation’s most important archaeological and historic sites. Situated near the town of Paisley in south...Full Story

BLM announces Fee-Free Days for 2015

Fee free recreation days at BLM land
10/02/14 -- 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 on four occasions in 2015... Full Story

Life jacket Type Code labels go away

Life Jacket Type Code Label
10/02/14 -- In a move that’s expected to benefit recreational boaters, on Oct. 22 the US Coast Guard will drop the current life jacket type code scheme -- Type I, II, III, IV and V -- that has been used for years to label and...Full Story

October! Great month to ride into Redding

Visit Redding, Big Bike Weekend, myoutdoorbuddy.com, Frank Galusha
By Frank Galusha
10/01/14 -- If your favorite ride has only two wheels, Redding has saved you a spot on a beautiful stretch of road October 10-12! It's Redding's annual Big Bike Weekend, a celebration of, well, big bikes...Full Story

Ringing in a New Water Year

California's water reservoir storage graph, FISHIBIO, Erin Loury
By Erin Laury, FISHBIO 
09/29/14 -- It's time to make some water-related resolutions, because October 1 marks the beginning of a new water year. A "water year" is a term used by the U.S. Geological Survey and hydrologists to describe...Full Story

CDFW October 2014 Calendar

09/27/14 -- The Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve has Docent-led walks 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

Prescribed burn set for Lava Beds area

Lava Beds Firefighters are shown here managing the Crescent Butte prescribed fire in 2011. Photo courtesy of Lava Beds National Monument
09/26/14 -- Lava Beds National Monument plans to implement the Post Office Prescribed Fire between October and December if conditions become favorable. The 58 acre unit is primarily a grass-shrubland, juniper woodland mix...Full Story

CA DFW has swan tours through January

Tundra Swans
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

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

Above the Canopy

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

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

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

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

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

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 'Death Wobble' -- Be safe not sorry!

Death Wobble, underbody of a vehicle, Don Stec
Article and photos by Don Stec
03/31/14 -- Death Wobble is not to be confused with a front-end shimmy or a wheel balance problem. A Death Wobble (DW) is very common on vehicles with a solid front axle. It has earned its name, not from mechanics but by vehicle... 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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