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California Dept. Of Fish & Game Has A New Name

CALIFORNIA – The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) becomes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), effective Jan. 1.

The new name was mandated by Assembly Bill (AB) 2402, which was signed Sept. 25, 2012, by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. and is one of numerous provisions passed into law during 2012 that affect the department.“The name of the department was changed to better reflect our evolving responsibilities,” said Department Director Charlton H. Bonham. “As our role has grown to meet 21st century expectations, we remain committed to our traditional responsibilities and to honoring our deep roots in California’s natural resources legacy.”

Traditionally known as game wardens, the department’s law enforcement staff will now be called wildlife officers.

California Dept of Fish and WildlifeCalifornians will notice new Internet ( and email addresses for CDFW employees. The old URL and email addresses will continue to work indefinitely.

Many department materials will continue to bear the old name because AB 2402 reduced the cost associated with the name change by preventing CDFW from undergoing a wholesale turnover of materials, including signs, uniforms and supplies.

The mission of the department continues to be “to manage California’s diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public.”

In furtherance of that mission, the department carries out numerous responsibilities related to the commercial, recreational, educational and scientific use and enjoyment of California’s natural resources.

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