2011 was anything but quiet for the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG). Pesky bears, a roaming gray wolf, significant poaching arrests, tsunami relief work and dramatic wildlife rescues were among the stories that captured the public’s attention. DFG also welcomed new Director Charlton H. Bonham, who was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in August.
“California’s long tradition of hunting and fishing is being preserved by the hardworking men and women at DFG — environmental scientists, wardens, interpreters and many others who dedicate themselves to DFG’s mission to protect the state’s plant, fish and wildlife resources,” Bonham said. “We also owe thanks to our outstanding volunteer force, including 850 volunteer hunter education instructors who taught approximately 21,000 students in 2011. I can’t express the gratitude I have for hard work and accomplishments everyone has made over the past 12 months, and I am so proud to be leading this organization into 2012.”