January 31, 1990 |
A mule deer is minding his own business in the back-country of northern Orange County when a helicopter swoops low and chases him into a net. The deer squirms and bleats a pathetic cry as handlers wrap leather hobbles around his legs. "Don't be afraid to pull it tight," says Bob Tiegle, a big-game capture specialist for the California Department of Fish and Game. "It's not going to hurt 'em." Easy for him to say.
November 22, 1989 |
Hunter, stepping carefully through brush with shotgun ready, follows dog into field. Dog comes to point. Pulse pounding, hunter turns in direction indicated. Pheasant flushed and takes flight. Hunter raises stock to shoulder, flicks off safety, takes careful aim . . . It's a familiar fall tableau, especially for the dog. Jake, an 11-year-old English pointer, has flushed more pheasants than the hunter probably will ever see.
December 27, 1992 |
Federal and state officials have lambasted the environmental plan for a proposed 5,000-home development at Bolsa Chica, warning that it is erroneous, deficient and in dire need of an overhaul. One U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manager called it the worst environmental impact report he has seen in 15 years on the job. "There are so many places where it is misleading or inadequate," said Jack Fancher, who supervises wetlands issues in Southern California.
January 13, 1993 |
Listen. There is nothing but the sound of birds--all kinds of birds. "As soon as there's water, the birds move right in," said Tom Paulek, manager of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area for the California Department of Fish and Game. "Look at this. It's terrific." Runoff from the raging San Jacinto River has filled adjacent Mystic Lake, which is normally dry farmland. Tony Metcalf, a biologist at UC Riverside, described it as "something to behold . . . awe-inspiring."
December 18, 1991 |
Boyd Gibbons has worked for National Geographic magazine for the last 15 years, hasn't lived in California for 41 years and had never heard of the Little Hoover Commission or its critical report on the California Department of Fish and Game, which he now commands. So is he the man to save California's living natural resources? "I'll be honest with you," Gibbons said after Gov. Pete Wilson appointed him to replace Pete Bontadelli as director of the DFG last week, "I'm in great ignorance here."
September 20, 1989 |
"You're down and armed," co-pilot Kevin McBride tells pilot Ron VanBenthuysen, who banks the plane over a ridge and dives into his run. The bomb-bay doors open, VanBenthuysen levels off, thumbs a button on his wheel and-- whoosh-- the plane drops its load. Fish away! Trout planting doesn't get any more sophisticated than this.
October 31, 1990 |
It didn't take wildlife biologist Ron Thomas long to find his first deer when he went to work for the California Department of Fish and Game 10 years ago. Thomas was near Topaz Lake at the Nevada border, driving his belongings into the state, when the deer jumped in front of the car and was hit. The animal was killed and caused $750 worth of damage to the car. "Night time, came off the bank, no way to miss it," Thomas said. "It's a real common story up in our neck of the woods."
January 14, 1992 |
In a case called the worst example ever of stream pollution in Southern California, state wildlife officials are preparing criminal charges against Caltrans employees alleging millions of pounds of debris was dumped in a protected mountain trout stream. Two state Department of Fish and Game officials handling the investigation say that a 5-mile stretch of Deep Creek in the San Bernardino Mountains has been polluted by asphalt and other toxic, petroleum-based materials.
September 30, 1992 |
"She's moving," Becky Pierce said as she rotated a hand-held antenna above her head and listened to the beeping signal from a telemetry scanner. Using the portable equipment, Pierce had picked up the trail of a female mountain lion that had been captured, radio-collared and released outside of town in the Eastern Sierra last winter.
November 1, 1989 |
The radio in Rick Coelho's truck crackles: "Three vehicles coming up your road. Flash your lights real quick." (Pause) "Yeah, I've got you. There are three. . . . One's going real slow." The first voice is that of Lt. Tim Sawyer, a California Department of Fish and Game warden high up on a hill, overlooking a wide valley on a moonless night. Coelho, also a warden, is in his truck below, bouncing along a narrow dirt road through some of Southern California's finest deer country.