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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 13B Exception to the ruh00: 00,on00e deer don't s!2ed ra.eir aT00rh00,rs Shedding Question: I recently heard about a few Southern California bucks that seem to carry their antlers year-round. One person I heard from insisted they were mountain biking and repeatedly saw the same deer in January and in May with a 4-by-3 rack. While I disagreed with the person telling me this, I admitted I am no biologist and didn't know what they were seeing. Do some deer out here not shed their antlers? I was under the impression that even though nutrition, water and climate might affect when they shed, that deer always shed their antlers. Can you share some info or point us in the right direction to learn more about the antler shedding process here in So Cal? --A/Q. Answer: Deer that don't shed their antlers are commonly called "stags." This is usually the result of some kind of injury (or maybe deformity) of the testicles. Testosterone plays a role in both antler development and shedding, so injuries can really affect the types of antlers they have. Weird-looking antlers can also result from injury to the antlers while in velvet.., but those kind usually fall off normally and are replaced the next year with "fiormal" antlers. So, this proves there are indeed exceptions to every rule even biological ones! i Incidental take Question: What happens if a spearfishing diver spots a large fish and shoots and spears it without realizing until too late that it's a giant (black) sea bass or another prohibited species? Then after the fish is speared and brought to the surface, the spearfisher identifies he or she has a fish he or she can't take or possess and promptly returns it to the ocean. Has the spearfisher violated any laws? A fisherman (angler) who catches a prohibited species CALIFORNIA OUTDOOR.S CARRIE WILSON California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife unintentional/incidental. Could the spearfisher successfully make a similar argument? --Steve H. Answer: Spear fishermen are responsible for identifying their targets before they pull the trigger and can be held accountable for shooting a prohibited species. They are also responsible for ensuring that any fish they shoot meets the minimum size limit requirements for that species, again, before they pull the trigger. A short lingcod or illegal giant sea bass, for example, is unlikely to survive after being shot by a spear fisherman who has the ability to select his target carefully; a short or illegal fish is much more likely to survive being hooked and released by an angler fishing from a boat, who cannot selectively target which individual fish he wishes to catch. Ifa diveris unsure about the size or identity of the fish he/she's aiming at, he/she should choose a different target. Shooting a fish that you're unsure of could he illegal, and we believe that many spear fishermen would consider it unethical, as well. All of these same principles also apply to hunters. No one with a rifle, shotgun, spear gun or even bow should pull the trigger unless absolutely 100 percent sure that their intended target is of legal size, species, gender, etc. An accurate (or even lucky) shot made, but with an error in judgment, isn't while fishing f0r other species worth the repercussions of can'argueihattle thkdws -= ............. 5'akihg ffiev/-y'lws e-fleeted  to protect the state's fish and game. Trout warnings Question: In the fishing regulations there are safe eating guidelines for Donner Lake. I am trying to figure out why there are different recommendations for brown trout compared to rainbow trout. The guidelines suggest people eat only one serving of browns vs. seven servings of rainbows. Why? T/roW. Answer: The recommendations in our regulation booklet are from the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. The recommendations are probably from actual studies done by OEHHA of mercury levels in edible flesh from these two species from Donner Lake. According to Dr. William Cox, California Department of Fish and Wildlife program manager of fish production and distribution, we do not plant brown trout in Donner and so those fmh are essentially wild and older in the system. Therefore, they have been on natural diets and accumulating mercury from the naturally occurring insects and aquatic life that comprises their food chain. CDFW does plant rainbow trout in Donner as part of what we call a "put-and-take" fishery. For most of their lives those fish are not eating natural feeds, and are generally not piscivorous like the brown trout, so they accumulate much less mercury. Humans, especially children and women of child-bearing ages, need to limit their intake of mercury because it can have serious health effects, including death. Carrie Wilson is a marine environmental scientist with the California Department ofFish and Wildlife Whileshecatmot personally answer everyone's questions, she will select a few to answer each week in this column. COntact her a t :' CDFW encourages outdoor exploration School is out, summer is here and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is encouraging families to spend time enjoying the outdoors. With long, hot days ahead, parents may be looking for family activities to keep school-age kids active and engaged during summer break California is home to some of the vorld's most iconic laridscapes where outdoor activities and educational opportunities can be found in nearly every corner of the state "State wildlife areas and ecological reserves offer unique opportunities for outdoor education whether catching a trout in a mountain stream or simply enjoying a spectacular sunset in the midst of some of the state's most pristine and valued wild places," said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. "It's important for children to know these places exist and that they share in the responsibility of the future of these lands through responsible recreation and stewardship." CDFW manages over 9OO,OOO acres of land statewide specifically designated as wildlife areas and ecological reserves that host abundant opportunities to get outdoors and explore natural places. Although the primary purpose of these lands is to secure and protect wildlife habitat, the public may visit, learn about and responsibly enjoy recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, bicycling and wildlife viewing on many of these areas during the summer. There are also hunting opportunities available on many of these properties in the fall and winter months. For those who have not spent much time in the outdoors, visiting a wildlife area and ecological reserve is an easy introduction to outdoor activities Because of the wide distribution of these areas, they can usually be found close to home and the entry fees are very affordable. In many cases, there is staff available to answer questions and provide informative tours. Some areas have visitor centers that offer wildlife learning opportunities through displays and exhibits. New Culinary Class for August 2014 Food Safety & Sanitation CRN# 7448 Instructor: Sue Schultz Fall 2014: Dates: August 25-29, 2014 Time: 5-7:50pm Location: Child Dev. Center Conference Room, Feather River College (530) 283-0202 ext. 222 Feather River College On-line Annual Property Valuation Notices There is a new feature on the Plumas County Assessor's website. This feature allows taxpayers to view their annual value notice. These notices have historically been mailed via the U.S. Postal Service to taxpayers who have either had new construction, a reduction in value due to cur- rent market conditions or an increase in value due to changing market conditions. Also receiving annual notices are secured business property assessments, Williamson Act and Timber Preserve properties. The significant increase in the number of properties that have had their values reduced due to current market conditions as well as continued pressure on the county budget hs contributed to the difficult decision to change the notification medium. It is expected that it will take a period of time for the public to get used to the new system; however, there are some distinct advantages. Unlike mailed paper notices that can be lost or misplaced, the electronic version will be available all year long at a central place. This delivery medium is more eco-friendly. Adopt cat and e ill vac the adoption fee on the 2nd cat! Taxpayers who do not have access to the internet can contact the Assessor's Office and request a paper copy of their notice at no charge. Annual value notices can be accessed by going to the Plumes County website at; clicking on Departments, selecting Assessor and then selecting Value Notices in the upper left had corner of the page. You will need your Assessment Number, Parcel Number or Physical Address. The Plumas County Assessor's website has a number of other useful features including parcel data searches, a complete inventory of Assessor's Parcel Maps in printable format and many informative resources on assessment related topics. "Plumas county Animal Shelter 201 N Mill Creek Road, Quincy, CA 95971" If you have questions about our website or would like to request a paper, cop; of your annual value notice, please feel free to contact us at (530) 283-6380. Ruffas "Peaches" is "Ruffas" is a a Lhasa Apso neutered male adult spayed under 2 years female long hair old. He's some peach in color, type of bull awaiting her dog mix with new best friend. probably a She is a LOVE pinch of pit and tender bull. He's in affections. sooo sweet A little hard of and we have seeing, due to tried to teach cataracts, but him he's not a this does not lap dog but as stop her. Stop you can see on by and he's in denial! visit me. 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