Tag Archives | California Department of Fish and Wildlife


Report from Standing Committee meeting

By Deb Murphy The Los Angeles/Inyo County Standing Committee meetings are usually good for a few attention-getting headlines, but with the mass quantities of water headed down the mountain, most of the contentious pumping/export issues have, at least for now, melted away. The one zinger at Thursday’s meeting in Independence came from California Department of […]

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Diploids back in area fisheries next year

By Deb Murphy After six years of stocking non-breeding (triploids) trout and following inter-departmental discussions, the California Department of Fish and Game will begin raising and stocking little breeders (diploids) in the Owens River and Mono Lake basins next spring. CDF&W started stocking only sterile trout, statewide, in 2011 in response to lawsuits and an […]

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Hot Creek gets boost from CDFW

By Deb Murphy The last four years of drought had a significant impact on Hot Creek, an iconic wild trout fishery south of Mammoth Lakes. Complaints from anglers and guides of fewer and smaller catches were, in this case, justified. Kevin Peterson, manager of the Hot Creek Ranch for the past 10 years, watched it […]

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As always, please, ‘Watch Out for Wildlife’

Press release SACRAMENTO – Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) remind motorists to remain alert for wildlife on roadways during Watch Out for Wildlife Week, which runs September 18-24. “We urge motorists to remain alert and be cautious when traveling through wildlife areas, so our roadways will remain as safe as […]

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CDFW checkpoint Sunday north of Bridgeport

CDFW press release The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be conducting a wildlife checkpoint operation in the Eastern Sierra in early May to promote safety, education and compliance with laws and regulations. CDFW wildlife officers will be conducting the inspection on northbound Highway 395, north of Bridgeport, on Sunday, May 1 from […]

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Crowley Lake man receives penalties for deer poaching

Press release from CDF&W California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers concluded an extensive deer poaching investigation out of Mono County, resulting in a guilty plea. Wildlife officers received several tips from legitimate hunters in Inyo and Mono Counties who reported suspected poaching activities from Gary John Watters, 56, of Crowley Lake. Between the […]

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William Ward

Man arrested in Mono County on multiple felonies after standoff

Press release In the early afternoon of Thursday, February 25, 2016, Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Adobe Ranch Road, south of Highway 120 East, to investigate a report of a squatter in a vacant cabin. The suspect, later identified as William Ward, broke into the property and illegally took up residence. A deputy spotted Mr. Ward […]

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Inyo man arrested for alleged deer poaching

– CDFW press release California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers arrested a poacher last week in Inyo County for allegedly illegally killing a trophy 3×3 deer in the G-3 zone. Joseph Eugene Bragdon, 37, of Bishop was taken into custody without incident at his workplace after a $15,000 arrest warrant was issued by […]

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‘Problem’ bear killed in Mammoth Lakes

– Mammoth Lakes Police Department press release On Sunday, November 30 at approximately 10:20 a.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officers and Steve Searles, Mammoth Lakes Wildlife Specialist, responded to a report of a bear being shot in Sierra Valley sites.  Upon arrival they were met by a local resident who reported he had shot a bear. […]

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Big rig accident near Bridgeport

UPDATE AS OF 8:00 AM, the involved vehicles (truck-tractor and trailers) are partially in Virginia Creek, immediately west of US 395, and leaking motor oil and possibly diesel fuel into the creek.  This is now a being managed as a hazardous materials incident.  Representatives from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are on-scene to assist […]

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Watch for wildlife on highways

Estimates say that every year 1.5 million animals are hit on our nation’s highways. With fall almost officially here, deer and elk are starting to migrate to lower elevations in the Eastern Sierra and across our highways and byways. Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have chosen this week as “Watch Out […]

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LADWP Commissioners say yes to Mono Basin agreement

Tuesday the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Commissioners approved a proposed agreement with the Mono Lake Committee, CalTrout and California Fish and Wildlife for restoration work on Mono Basin streams. You can check out the Mono Lake Committee’s comments at www.monolake.org. Below is the press release from LADWP. LADWP ENTERS INTO HISTORIC AGREEMENT […]

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