Tag: California Department of Fish and Game

Free Fishing Day Saturday July 7

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 5, 2012, noon – The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) invites anglers to celebrate summer with free fishing this  Saturday in California. July 7 is the first of two Free Fishing Days this year, when people can try their hand at fishing without having to buy a sport fishing license. All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect. DFG offers two Free Fishing Days each year – usually around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend – when it’s legal to fish without a sport fishing license. This year, the Free Fishing Days were set for the Saturdays that follow Independence Day and Labor Day (July 7 and Sept. 8). Free Fishing Days provide a low-cost way to give fishing a try. Some DFG Regions offer a Fishing in the City program where anglers can go fishing in major metropolitan areas. Fishing in the City and Free Fishing Day clinics are designed to educate novice anglers about fishing ethics, fish habits, effective methods for catching fish and fishing tackle. Anglers can even learn how to clean and prepare fish for eating. For more information on Free Fishing Days, visit the Department of Fish and Game’s website. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31583.mp3|titles=Free Fishing Day – Mike Evans...

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No Fireworks Allowed On The San Bernardino National Forest

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 3, 2012, 8:00am – San Bernardino National Forest Officials are reminding visitors and campers that the use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forests and national grasslands. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on national grassland and national forest land year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. Officers from the Forest Service, San Bernardino & Riverside County, CHP, California Department of Fish and Game, Calfire, and California State Parks will be out in force and regulations will be strictly enforced. A violation is punishable as a misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $5,000 or imprisonment up to six months, or both. Forest visitors are encouraged to attend public fireworks displays like the one right here in Big Bear Valley over Big Bear...

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Department Of Fish & Game Reminds Public To Be Rattlesnake Safe

Big Bear Valley, CA, May 7, 2012, noon – As the weather gets warm, humans are not the only species coming out to enjoy the sun. Snakes, too, can be found basking in the sunshine. Although most snakes in the state are harmless, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) reminds the public to stay clear of the venomous rattlesnake and know what to do if one strikes. All of California is considered snake country. You don’t even have to be outdoors to discover a snake. They can be found in a garden, and sometimes right in your garage, but there is no need to panic. Snakes play an important role in the ecosystem, including keeping the rodent population under control. Rattlesnakes are generally not aggressive and usually strike only when threatened or deliberately provoked. Given room, they will retreat. Most snake bites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally touched by someone walking or climbing. On rare occasions, rattlesnakes can cause serious injury to humans. The California Poison Pontrol Center says rattlesnakes account for more than 800 bites each year in the U.S., with one or two deaths. The potential of running into a rattlesnake should not deter anyone from venturing outdoors, but there are precautions that can be taken to reduce the chance of being bitten. The information provided below will help you identify a rattlesnake, there’s...

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Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve Will Be Open On Saturdays

Baldwin Lake, CA, April 2, 2012, 8:00am – The Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve on Highway 18 along the north shore of Baldwin Lake will open April 7 for visitors to explore and learn about pebble plain environments that are unique to the San Bernardino National Forest. Opening day will feature a wildflower hike that will depart at 11:30am. The Reserve also provides a home for wildlife. Coyotes, jackrabbits, lizards and deer live in and around the reserve. In a partnership between the California Department of Fish and Game and the National Forest Association, Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve will be open to the public and staffed by volunteers from 10am until 2pm every Saturday through June 30. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31445.mp3|titles=Ecological...

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Bald Eagles Seen In Local Mountains

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 20, 2012, 4:00pm – On Saturday March 10, the final bald eagle count of the season was conducted by local Federal and State biologists and volunteers around lakes in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains. Approximately 54 volunteers participated in the 1-hour eagle census in the Big Bear/Baldwin Lake area where 6 eagles were observed. While this was the last census for this season, the Forest Service and California Department of Fish and Game need more volunteers to monitor the nest site at Big Bear Lake and provide the public with opportunities to view the eaglet, nicknamed Jack, from a safe distance. The volunteers will be stationed with spotting scopes at Dana Point Park in Fawnskin. People interested in helping monitor the bald eagle nest should contact NFA Volunteer coordinator Meredith Brandon at 382-2824. In addition, District Biologist Robin Eliason will be presenting a talk on bald eagles at 11am on March 24 at the Big Bear Discovery Center. For additional information about the bald eagle nest viewing opportunities, contact the Big Bear Discovery Center. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31427.mp3|titles=Bald...

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