Wildlife Damage Management Program

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)
Document Title
Wildlife Damage Management Program
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Document Description
The CDFA is mandated to protect California's agricultural industry. As part of this mandate, CDFA must prevent the introduction and spread of any animals that are dangerous or detrimental to the agricultural industry of the state. The CDFA is also authorized to employ hunters and trappers to manage and eradicate harmful predatory animals. The CDFA cooperates with Counties, sister state agencies, and/or WS-California to achieve these statutory mandates. California has a '1unique system" of County Agricultural Commissioners, and the Legislature has specified that where CDFA and County Agricultural Commissioners have joint responsibilities, wildlife damage management is performed at the County level by County Agricultural Commissioners while the CDFA primarily serves in an oversight and support capacity by providing data and issuing recommendations and policies. The CDFA may also undertake rapid response activities to respond to an emergency or high-risk wildlife damage 'scenario to promptly abate and prevent harm to the agricultural industry, human health and safety, or natural resources. Counties are authorized to work with CDFA to perform wildlife damage management activities and may work directly with WS-California to conduct these activities without need of CDFA involvement.

Contact Information

State Veterinarian
Agency Name
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Location Info
The Program will describe and formalize a framework for management, abatement, and, where necessary, targeted removal of individual wildlife that pose a threat to California's agricultural industry or human health and safety. Activities conducted under the Program are expected to occur across the state and within the various natural, urban, and agricultural environments that provide habitat for the wildlife species and animal communities to be managed under the Program. The Program envisions that specific management activities may be conducted wherever injurious wildlife species or communities are present, which is dictated by various factors such as suitable climatic and ecological conditions and proximity to human development. Therefore, the specific geographic area where each management activity or method may be used will depend on many factors, including, but not limited to, the size and density of wildlife populations; the severity of threats to agriculture, natural lands, and/or urban populations; and poteritial human health and safety impacts. The EIR/EIS will further define the Program Area for wildlife species to be managed under the Program, ·as well as for the management activities and methods proposed under the Program.

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy (CVMC), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California San Joaquin River Conservancy (SJRC), California Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Colorado River Board, Delta Protection Commission, Delta Stewardship Council, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC), Santa Monica Bay Restoration, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)


Environmental Document

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