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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, June 20, 2012 5C On antler count, feeding geese, night hunting and garibaldi CALIFORNIA OUTDOORS CARRIE WILSON California Dept. of Fish & Game CalOutdoors@dfg.ca.gov Spikes, forks, points Question: How does the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) determine the antler count on each side? Do the eye guards count? I would like to know also about your website on the "bucks taken" point count and totals. I have not seen the count for "forked" bucks? I do see tle count for taken bucks as "two" point. Aren't the two-point bucks "spike" bucks? Aren't spike bucks illegal to take? --Daniel C. Answer: I think you may be confusing the methods used in the East to count antlers on whitetails with the way we assess mule deer antlers here in the West. Minimum antler counts are to ensure the animal is old enough to be harvested. Ad- ditional counts help give an idea of relative age and body condition. Fish and Game laws in California count on- ly the points on one side, and eye guards are not included. A "spike" needs only a one- point antler on at least one side, but it could be on both sides and still be a spike. A "forked horn" has at least one branch on one Side on the upper two-thirds of the antler, but both could be branched. For example, one- by-two or two-by-two are both correctly "forked" horn and not a three-point or four-point and so forth. A two-by-three buck is a three- point and not a five-point and so forth. For a complete description of how California defines antler count and antlerless deer, please go to section 351 in the 2011-12 Mammal Hunt- ing Regulations available online at dfg.ca.gov/regulations. Feeding wild geese Question: I live in a mo- bile home park in a rural community in San Diego County. We are being told we cannot feed the wild Canada geese around our community lake because the managers are very mad at the geese for the droppings. Is it legal to feed the geese actual goose food (e.g. a source of food that is put to- gether for them and pur- chased from a feed store)? If not, can a person be fined for doing so? Are these geese en- dangered or a protected species? What are the regu- lations? --Phillip L. Answer'. No, it is not legal to feed the geese. California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 251.1 prohibits the "harassment" of wildlife, which can in some circum- stances include feeding. Ha- rass is defined as "an inten- tional act which disrupts an animal's normal behavior patterns, wlich includes, but is not limited to, breed- ing, feeding or sheltering." Fish for home aquarium Question: My name is Austin. I am 8 years old and I love to learn and study ocean animals. I want to have a saltwater tank and am doing research before I get one. I wanted to find out if you are allowed to get a fish from the ocean and keep it as a pet. Like  lionfish or Mandarin fish. If you could answer my question I would like that. I don't plan on do- ing this, I am just wondering if you can. --Austin Holtz Answer: Unfortunately, it is not legal for an individual to caPture live fish off the California coast and trans- port them (o their fish tank. I suggest you purchase your Ocean fish from your local pet shop, which is specially licensed to capture and keep saltwater fish for sale. I ap- preciate your love for ocean animals. Night hunting Question: I live here in California and was wonder- ing if I can hunt wild pigs at night. --Richard X. Answer: Night hunting is not allowed for wild pigs. Wild pigs are classified as big game mammals, and ac- cording to California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 352, the hours for hunting all big game mammals in Cali- fornia are from one-half hour before sunrise to one- half hour after sunset. Please be sure to read and understand California Mam- mal Hunting Regulations be- fore going afield to hunt (fgc.ca.gov/regulations/curr ent/mammalregs.aspx). Importing garibaldi Question: I know this guy from Mexico who sells garibaldi and he said the ban on collecting and exporting garibaldi from Mexico has been lifted. I was thinking of starting a cold saltwater tank ad would like to in- clude garibaldi but I want to check the legality. If pur- chased from Mexico, is it OK to keep them in California? If it is legal, can I sell it if it gets too big for the tank? --Cesar M. Answer: No. Garibaldi may not be imported into California because they cannot be legally possessed (see the Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations, section 28.05(b), and Fish and Game Code, sections 8598 and 2353, all available online at dfg.ca.gov/enforcement). Carrie Wilson is a marine biolo- gist with the California Depart- ment ofFish and Game. She will select a few questions to answer each week. Contact her at CalOutdoors@flfg.ca.gov. 4.' Diamond Sponsors Dr. and Mrs. Trent Saxton Tom and Dawn Hayes Charlie and Pare Cummings The White Family MorganStanley SmlthBarneyBroek Meyers Alpha Fund Gaff McGrath In-Kind Sponsors Feather Publishing Co. J's Rents and Events Gold Sponsors Larry and Pat Fites Bob and Pat Fulmer Optima/CHI Hal McGrath Bob and Denise Stein Plumas Bank Tahoe Forest Hospital* Jay and Terri Skutt Lodge and Whitchawk Silver KAR Consulting Mike and Pamela Burke Bill and Kathy Davis Fishing closure in Oroville California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) offi- cials have closed fishing in an area around the Thermal- it Afterbay outlet structure in the Oroville Wildlife Area (OWA). The Thermalito Afterbay outlet structure has always been closed to public access but some anglers have been removing fencing to fish from it. Thus, DFG is closing fishing within 250 feet of the structure through February 2013. The closure is effective immediately. "Closing this small portion of the OWA to fishing will aid in the protection of species and enhance public safety while curtailing illegal activities such as vandalism and harvesting spring-run chinook salmon and green sturgeon," DFG Regional Manager Kent Smith said. "Our hope is that we can re- duce the state's liability while protecting California's wildlife to the fullest extent." 100lhEastern P/umas Hea/th Care "ople HeiplnR People  EPIIC l:oundali.n is a 501(3) nonprofit l;mndali.n. Tax It) n,,,,dwr i 68-027137.1 Need help REPLACING or REPAIRING: DOORS TRIM WINDOWS PLUMBING ROOFING ELECTRICAL If it's something we can't fix, we'll find somebody who can.| | mm EATTY[ CONSTRUCTION I I  SINCE 1984  I General Building Contractor [[ Calif. Lie. #453927 (530) 283-2035 1 The outlet structure is part of the State Water Pro- ject and allows for the dis- charge of water from the Thermalito Afterbay to the Feather River below Lake Orovilfe. While the struc- ture is fenced off, the fence has been repeatedly vandal- ized. This is not only a pub- lic safety issue, but may contribute to the illegal take of endangered species that congregate in the area. The ll,869-acre OWA is home to coyotes, badgers, deer, mountain lions, foxes, bobcats, porcupines, os- preys, egrets and woodpeck- ers. For more information about OWA and angling op- portunities there, visit dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region 2/oroville.html. Lakefront home wlth fantastic views of Mount Lessen and sunsets on Lake Almanor. MLS 2011041 I. $899,000. Great Country ranch style home on 10 acres. Beautiful vlew of Sierra Valley. 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