SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — After six decades as the Department of Fish and Game, the agency in charge of California’s wild animals has a new name—one that has many hunting and fishing organizations leery.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation recently replacing “Game” with “Wildlife,” in a nod to environmentalists and animal-rights activists.READ MORE: 'Kill Me;' Stunning Body Cam Video Of Danville Officer-Involved Shooting Released
Sporting groups fear the legislation signals a change in the department’s traditional focus.READ MORE: Officials Identify Woman Found Dead Inside Vacant Warehouse
Once the name change takes effect on Jan. 1, only 12 other states will use the word “game” in the names of their wildlife agencies. The name change grew out of a two-year effort to develop a strategic vision for the department.
Hunting and fishing organizations say they were outnumbered during the department’s makeover, which supporters say better reflects California’s changing political and demographic landscape.MORE NEWS: Man's Family Demands Answers From Alameda Police After He Dies In Custody
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