Welcome to the California Department of Fish and Game, Wildlife Investigations Lab (WIL) blog.  We are excited to have this new way to connect with the public, DFG staff and interested agencies and professionals on wildlife health issues and projects.

May is a busy month at the Lab.  We held 2 sessions of the Wildlife Capture and Restraint Course the first week in May.  This course gives Department Wardens and Biologists the opportunity to learn about and gain experience in safe capture and restraint of wildlife so they are better prepared for what can happen in the field.  This class includes training and certification in the use of chemical immobilization for large mammals.  This benefits wildlife as well as public safety.

May also finds WIL staff in the field, investigating wildlife disease concerns.  Dr. Deana Clifford and scientific aid Jaime Rudd are in the desert capturing, radio collaring and vaccinating desert kit fox for canine distemper.  Krysta Rogers is continuing her work capturing band tailed pigeons and testing them for trichomoniasis, a parasitic disease causing periodic mortality in flocks.

Stay with us.


4 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Thank you for sharing all the information about the work and efforts for California wildlife. I am looking for current information on California black tail deer population. I would like to know if the black tail deer herds are stable, raising or declining in wilderness areas of the North Fork Wilderness and the Yollo Bolli Wilderness. I have been unable to locate any information on black tail deer herd population by area on the DFG site. Thank you for help and efforts.

  2. I heard it was 114 degrees where the kit foxes are being vaccinated and collared! That is tough work! I never had it that hard when I was helping my Dad (Jim Blaisdell) tag deer and keep track of the Bighorn at Lava Beds! Hang in there Dr Clifford and Jaime! I speak from experience, stay hydrated! And thank you for caring about our wildlife! Sue Cornett

    • Thanks so much for your well wishes Sue! It is very hot during the day so we work with the foxes only at night and in the early morning when the temperatures are cooler. Its not so great for our sleep levels, but its best for the foxes. Cheers – Deana


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