Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make lacey-grained coffee tables.
Thirteen people are under arrest on suspicion of being part of an abalone poaching network after fish and game wardens served search warrants on 14 locations.
A Milpitas man who ran a wholesale fish business pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco Wednesday to charges related to illegally catching and selling undersized California leopard sharks from San Francisco Bay.
A group of fishermen could be in trouble after a video posted on YouTube shows a protected green sturgeon being yanked from the dark waters of the Delta.
Alameda County officials are looking to put a stop to people pilfering from recycle bins, making off with bottles and can and leaving a mess behind.
A Petaluma abalone poacher last week was sentenced to 90 days’ work release and fined $15,000 for selling the mollusks to a restaurant owner.
Two San Francisco men are facing charges after state wildlife officials say they were caught poaching abalone, including one man who was allegedly caught three times.