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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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Oregon Weekly Recreation Report

01/29/15 – Trout stocking begins, steelhead are moving, swans are returning and there is a an adult spring chinook fishing workshop Feb. 14. Join the NW Steelheaders and ODFW to learn how to catch these hard-fighting, good-eating... Full Story

Apply for Whiskeytown NRA artist program

01/28/15 -- The National Park Service, in partnership with the Friends of Whiskeytown, is beginning the twelfth year of hosting an Artist-in-Residence program. The park is seeking established professional Plein Air artists with a history... Full Story

Seven wolf pairs now breeding in OR

01/28/15 -- Oregon is moving to Phase II of its wolf recovery plan after wildlife biologists documented seven breeding pairs of wolves in Oregon in 2014. Of nine known wolf packs, only the Imnaha Pack is not a breeding pair... Full Story

Modoc NF has opportunity for Vets

01/27/15 -- The Modoc National Forest has introduced a new program for veterans -- the Veteran Ecological Restoration Team or VERT. “I am exceedingly proud of folks on the Modoc who show this depth of... Full Story

Adopt wild horses or burros in Ferndale

01/25/15 -- Wild mustangs and burros from public lands in Northern California and Nevada are headed for the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale, Calif. where they will be available for public adoption Saturday and Sunday...Full Story

Rogue/Siskiyou NF asking for comments

01/24/15 -- The High Cascades Ranger District of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will be considering a proposal to add additional overnight campgrounds to an existing campground concession permit. An amendment to...Full Story

Eel River watershed pot grows eyed

01/24/15 -- An innovative multi-agency partnership involving state and local agencies today finished inspections of 14 private properties with active marijuana grow operations along Sproul Creek within the Eel River watershed. The three... Full Story

Galt Winter Bird Festival is Feb. 6/7

Kestrel high on a branch
01/24/15 -- The City of Galt, in collaboration with the Cosumnes River Preserve and Galt Joint Union Elementary and High School Districts, is sponsoring the 8th Annual Winter Bird Festival on Feb. 6 and 7, 2015. Our festival guests will enjoy... Full Story

Hikes start in Cache Creek Natural Area

green hilled valley above Cache Creek. Photo by Bob Wick
01/24/15 -- On Saturdays in January through mid-February, you can join the BLM California and other outdoors enthusiasts for guided eagle hikes in the Cache Creek Natural Area. Spend four or five hours hiking across the secluded...Full Story

Prohibited species caught accidentally?

Garibaldi, California’s state marine fish, are illegal to take (CDFW photo by Dan Gotchall)
California Outdoors Q&A by Carrie Wilson
01/23/15 -- I fly fish for calico bass using barbless hooks in the kelp beds off Catalina Island and the coast, and it’s all strictly catch and release. Garibaldi are abundant in this habitat and are very aggressive. When I can see them I can... Full Story

Oregon Weekly Recreation Report

01/22/15 -- ODFW is asking hunters to report big game and turkey tags no later than Jan. 31. Hunters need to complete a report for each deer, elk, cougar, bear, turkey and pronghorn tag purchased (or picked up as part of a Sports Pac)...Full Story

Terry Harris, Lava Beds Manager, retires

Chief Ranger Terry Harris at dedication of new Tule Lake Unit 2009
01/22/15 -- After 37 years of faithful service to the National Park Service and 25 years at Lava Beds National Monument, Chief of Visitor Services Terry Harris has announced his retirement. “Terry will be sorely missed at Lava Beds...Full Story

CDFW: Wildflower tours in Butte County

Field of bright colored wildflowers, photo courtesy of CDFW
01/21/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering naturalist-led wildflower tours this spring at North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve near Oroville. Wildflower season usually begins slowly in late... Full Story

Oregon shows offer many new features

Goliath Spider, photo by ExpoSure Shows
01/21/15 -- Venomous creatures, kayak demo pool and thousands of dollars in giveaways round out new features for those who attend the Sportsmen's & Outdoor Recreation shows coming to Eugene, Roseburg and Medford... Full Story

Firearms and Disaster Preparedness

Military man leaning on the heavy back that pulled him backwards
Article and photos by Captain William E. Simpson, USMM
01/19/15 -- With the start of the new-year, there always seem to be several articles that come out promoting guns as part of a preparedness solution. And it’s an unfortunate fact that firearms have become almost synonymous with Prep... Full Story

Getting Kids Hooked

Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
01/06/15 -- Now, more than ever, we need to get our kids involved in the outdoors. Many kids are becoming softer and lazier with each generation, losing touch with nature, depending on technology to instantly learn everything, presumably...Full Story

New book written by columnist Don Webster

Don E. Webster
By Frank Galusha
12/31/14 --  MyOutdoorBuddy columnist, Don E. Webster, has a new book being published soon, which will be available on Amazon and Kindle shortly after the first of the year. Entitled "Bears, Beer, Trout Tacos, Etc." -- Short Outdoor Tales...Full Story

Local kayak shop offers classes

a kayak class at Sun Oaks Fitness Center
By Mike Mogler
12/31/14 -- Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Center will be the scene for kayak paddlers who want to participate in skill and safety programs presented by ACA (American Canoe Association) certified instructors. Classes will...Full Story

USFWS initiates ESA review of Monarch

Monarch Butterfly Photo by Tim Shaw, USFWS
12/30/14 -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it will be conducting a status review of the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service has determined that a petition from the Center for Bio...Full Story

January CA DFW Calendar

12/30/14 -- 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 and main...Full Story

Survival Using RVs

Silver mobile home with striped awning, parked on a grassy field alongside a river with forested hills leading up to snow capped mountains. Photo by William E. Simpson
Article and photos by William E. Simpson
12/26/14 -- Over the past year many people have reached-out to me asking the same question; ‘What can people do to survive a catastrophic event besides sailing to an island on a bug-out boat? This was of course a natural... Full Story

For the Love of Ducks

Snow geese at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. photo by Steven T. Callan
Article and photos by Steven T. Callan
12/23/14 -- With the north wind blowing off snow-covered Mount Shasta, it was brutally cold that December afternoon in 1960. Sitting in the back seat of our family car, I spotted an enormous flock of snow-white birds feeding in the... Full Story

USFWS extends Fisher comment period

12/17/14 -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is extending the public comment period on its proposal to list the West Coast population of fisher as threatened under the Endangered Species Act by 30 days. The new... Full Story

High Cascades winter road closures begin

12/04/14 -- It is that time of year again, when the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest wants to remind the public of the seasonal closure of Forest Service roads to motor vehicles, other than over-snow vehicles, on the High Cascades... Full Story

Lassen offers ranger-led snowshoe walks

12/03/14 -- Lassen Volcanic National Park is offering ranger-led Snowshoe walks starting Saturday and Sundays, January 3 through April 5, 2015 at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Ranger-led snowshoe... Full Story

Disaster Preparedness Strategies – Part II

NASA image depicting solar storm impacting earth’s geomagnetic field.
By Capt. William E. Simpson, USMM
11/25/14 -- Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of Disaster Preparedness articles written by Capt. William E. Simpson, USMM. The first was an attempt to simplify the subject of disaster preparedness by focusing on risk...Full Story

Disaster Preparedness Strategies – Part I

Preparedness & Survival by Capt. William E. Simpson
11/12/14 -- Over the past few years, disaster preparedness (“prepping”) has become a popular topic. A very large mix of people have begun preaching prepping, all having different motives for promoting their particular... Full Story

RV Collision Repair Requires Multiple Skills

Don Stec, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
By Don Stec
11/10/14 -- I do not know of any other vehicles that require as many multiple occupational skills to repair than a collision damaged RV, specifically motor homes and travel trailers. Steel and aluminum are used in the structural ...Full Story

Redding vacation planning guide available

Visit Redding, Sacramento river fish ladder
11/06/14 -- Searching for an affordable vacation destination where no two visits will ever be the same? You will find it in spectacular Redding, California. Boasting 300+ beautiful days a year, the “Second Sunniest City in the U.S... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Mystery of the Middle Fork – Part III

Jim Broshears, Trailhead Tales author badge for My outdoor buddy
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 Middle Fork -- 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

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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