MISSION: To investigate, monitor and manage population health issues in California’s wildlife. To provide expertise, service, training and resources to assist the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s personnel in assessing wildlife populations, wildlife mortality response, biological sampling, wildlife captures, wildlife rehabilitation, study design, and analyses.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Wildlife Investigations Lab was established in 1941, and is mandated by Fish and Game Code Section 1008 to conduct wildlife disease investigations. Over the years, the lab’s responsibilities have increased to include the statewide investigation of all wildlife mortality events, studies and surveillance of diseases (enzootic and epizootic), wildlife health and condition monitoring, prevention of zoonotic diseases, wildlife rehabilitation, injured and nuisance wildlife, safety training, and investigations of public safety wildlife such as mountain lions, black bears, coyotes, large exotic carnivores and deer.



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