California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Although the leadership of CCWR strives to be a liaison between California wildlife rehabilitators and our governing agencies, including the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), we have no authority regarding regulations or enforcement. We function in an advisory capacity, giving assistance and input where we can.


Contact Information for California department of Fish and Wildlife:

California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Headquarters Office
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-0411 (General Information)

Nicole Carion - Senior Environmental Scientist CDFW
(916) xxx-xxxx |

CDFW Regional Offices

Wildlife Branch - Wildlife Investigations Lab
1701 Nimbus Road Suite D, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 358-2790 |

Follow the current wildlife morbidity and mortality events at the CDFW Disease and Mortality Monitoring page.

Subscribe to the CDFW Wildlife Investigations Lab Blog

Interested in becoming a Permitted California wildlife rehabilitator?

There is a process to becoming a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in California. We highly suggest finding a local wildlife rehabilitation organization and becoming a volunteer before considering getting a permit. However, you are welcome to visit the CDFW Wildlife Welfare and Rehabilitation page. Here is a summary of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit Application Process.