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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 the nation, most commonly in the spring. People frequently encounter young wild animals and assume they need assistance or have been orphaned. However, in most cases neither assumption is true, and the animals should be left alone. Once a wild animal is separated from its mother, it can lose its ability to survive in the wilderness. The same danger applies to most animals, including bears, coyotes, raccoons and most birds. Disease is another reason that wild animals should never be handled. Wild animals can transmit diseases to humans, and the animals can also carry ticks, fleas and lice. The responsibility for intervention should be left to the Department of Fish & Wildlife. It is illegal to keep orphaned or injured animals for more than 48 hours in California. People can call a rehabilitator, who will determine whether there is a need for a rescue. For more information on wildlife rehabilitation, visit...

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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 in dire need of assistance. The DFG assesses cubs on a case-by-case basis for diseases, parasites, and overall condition. The alternatives to leaving a cub in the wild are limited, and include holding a cub in a captive facility until winter sets in, placing it in a long-term captive facility such as a zoo, or euthanasia. Placing wildlife in captivity is inconsistent with the department’s goal of keeping wildlife in the wild, where they can behave naturally. With about 30,000 black bears in the state of California, encounters between people and bears are becoming more commonplace. In order to keep bears in the wild, where they belong, it is important that residents and visitors in black bear habitat stash their trash, and their food properly. Feeding wildlife is harmful to wild animals and...

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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. All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect. Every angler must have an appropriate report card if they are fishing for abalone, steelhead, sturgeon, spiny lobster or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity River systems.  Free Fishing Days provide a low-cost way to give fishing a try.  Anglers should check the rules and regulations (www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/) for the waters they plan to...

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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 squirrel mange outbreak is not known, DFG Wildlife Biologist Jeff Villepique explained that a high population density of squirrels and aggregation at feeders makes the spread of any disease far more likely. “Gray squirrels were at higher numbers than natural foods would support, because artificial feeding is prevalent in the mountain communities,” said Villepique. “The inevitable consequence when you combine an artificially high population with animals gathering at food sources is the eventual spread of disease.”  The species of mange mites affecting the gray squirrels is specific to rodents and cannot infect humans or pet cats and dogs.  Department of Fish and Game biologists have been working closely with the California Animal Health and Food Saftey Lab to find the cause of die off in the squirrel population.  The Department of Fish and Game reminds residents and visitors to watch your pets, and if they scratch excessively or develop scabs, that you should seek veterinary care, as symptoms could be indicative of other forms of mange...

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Protect the Bears of Big Bear

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