CDFW Asks The Public To Leave Young Wildlife Alone

Big Bear Valley, CA, April 12, 2013 – Spring is here and deer, bears, birds and other wildlife are busy caring for their newborn offspring. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends that people leave young wildlife alone if they see them in the outdoors. The improper handling of young wildlife is a problem in California and across … [Read more...]

Please Leave Bear Cubs Alone

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 2, 2012, 6am - The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is reminding people who see bear cubs to leave them alone. Even if they appear orphaned, the most appropriate thing to do is to leave them in the wild. The DFG’s policy regarding orphaned cubs favors leaving them alone unless they are obviously sick or … [Read more...]

FREE Fishing Day- July 2nd!

Big Bear, Ca, June 29, 2011, 3:00pm -  The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) invites anglers to celebrate Independence Day by fishing in California’s waters for FREE!  Saturday, July 2 is the first of California’s two 2011 Free Fishing Days, when people can try their hand at fishing without having to buy a sport fishing license. … [Read more...]

Department of Fish & Game Has Answers to Squirrel Decline

Big Bear, Ca, June 23, 2011, 4:00pm -  If you have been wondering where all the squirrels went this year, the Department of Fish and Game has some answers.  The Department of Fish and Game has recently found that the Western Gray Squirrel has been becoming sick and dying due to mange, a skin disease caused by mites.   While the reason for the … [Read more...]

Protect the Bears of Big Bear

Black Bear photo courtesy OC Hiking Club

Big Bear, Ca May 7, 2011 3:00 pm - The grizzly bears that named the Big Bear Valley are no longer with us, except at the Moonridge Animal Park.  Our local wild bears are the smaller and less aggressive black bears.  They are not small animals however, and will be aggressive enough for concern if they are protecting food or cubs.  Care should be … [Read more...]

Enjoying Big Bear Wildlife

Big Bear, Ca April 23, 2011 12:00 pm - The Big Bear Valley is surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, over 676,000 acres of land set aside in 1907 for the preservation of the natural resources in the area.  Enjoying this wilderness area is the reason many residents and cabin owners choose Big Bear for their home.  Having a … [Read more...]

Trout Rescued and Returned to Big Bear Lake

Trout Rescued and Returned to Big Bear Lake, photo courtesy Mike Giusti

Big Bear, Ca Saturday, April 16, 2011 12:00 pm - Friday, April 15, between 50 and 100 rainbow trout were rescued from culverts and ditches beside the Big Bear City Airport by the California Department of Fish and Game.  Because of the abnormally high water levels in Big Bear Lake, mature trout have been swimming into normally dry creek beds to … [Read more...]

“If You Care, Leave Them There.” Young Wildlife Should Be Left Alone


Big Bear, Ca, April 14, 2011, 4:00pm - The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) recommends that people not handle any young wild animals they see in the outdoors. The improper handling of young wildlife is a problem in California and across the nation, most commonly in the spring, when many species are caring for their offspring.  According to the … [Read more...]

No Fishing in Big Bear Streams


Big Bear, Ca March 11, 2011 5:00 pm - Streams and creeks that flow into Big Bear Lake are closed to fishing during the trout spawning season, from March 1 through May 27.  No fish may be taken from the streams and fishing with a pole, net, or by hand may lead to a ticket or arrest.  Fish in the streams may be observed but should not be harassed … [Read more...]