California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Harvested Species of Amphibians, Birds, and Mammals

From “A Check-List of the Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals of California” by W.E. Grenfell, Jr., et al. Wildlife Habitat Relationships Program, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2001.

Status Code
   HA Harvested Species
   I Introduced to California
   I? Introduced to California; it is not known if populations are viable through time

Please see the current hunting regulations if you intend to hunt any of the species listed below.


Amphibians
Common Name Scientific Name Status
Ranidae (True Frogs)
   Bullfrog Rana catesbeiana I, HA

Birds
Common Name Scientific Name Status
Anatidae (Swans, Geese, and Ducks)
   Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor HA
   Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons HA
   Emperor Goose Chen canagica HA
   Snow Goose Chen caerulescens HA
   Ross' Goose Chen rossii HA
   Canada Goose Branta canadensis HA
   Brant Branta bernicla HA
   Wood Duck Aix sponsa HA
   Gadwall Anas strepera HA
   Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope HA
   American Wigeon Anas americana HA
   American Black Duck Anas rubripes HA
   Mallard Anas platyrhynchos HA
   Blue-winged Teal Anas discors HA
   Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera HA
   Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata HA
   Northern Pintail Anas acuta HA
   Green-winged Teal Anas crecca HA
   Canvasback Aythya valisineria HA
   Redhead Aythya americana HA
   Common Pochard Aythya ferina HA
   Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris HA
   Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula HA
   Greater Scaup Aythya marila HA
   Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis HA
   Steller's Eider Polysticta stelleri HA
   King Eider Somateria spectabilis HA
   Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus HA
   Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata HA
   White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca HA
   Black Scoter Melanitta nigra HA
   Oldsquaw Clangula hyemalis HA
   Bufflehead Bucephala albeola HA
   Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula HA
   Barrow's Goldeneye Bucephala islandica HA
   Smew Mergellous albellus HA
   Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus HA
   Common Merganser Mergus merganser HA
   Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator HA
   Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis HA
Phasianidae (Quails, Pheasants, and relatives)
   Chukar Alectoris chukar I, HA
   Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus I, HA
   Blue Grouse Dendragapus obscurus HA
   Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus HA
   Sage Grouse Centrocercus urophasianus HA
   Wild Turkey Melegris gallopavo I, HA
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
   Mountain Quail Oreotyx pictus HA
   California Quail Callipepla californica HA
   Gambel's Quail Callipepla gambelii HA
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
   Common Moorhen Galinula chloropus HA
   American Coot Fulica americana HA
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and relatives)
   Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago HA
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
   Band-tailed Pigeon Columba fasciata HA
   Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis I, HA
   White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica HA
   Mouring Dove Zenaida macroura HA
Corvidae (Jays, Magpies, and Crows)
   American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos HA

Mammals
Common Name Scientific Name Status
Leporidae (Rabbits and Hares)
   Pygmy Rabbit Brachylagus idahoensis HA
   Brush Rabbit Sylvilagus bachmani HA, except Riparian Brush Rabbit subspecies
   Nuttall's (Mountain) Cottontail Sylvilagus nuttallii HA
   Audubon's (Desert) Cottontail Sylvilagus audubonii HA
   Snowshoe Hare Lepus americanus HA
   Oregon Snowshoe Hare L.. a. klamathensis HA
   Sierra Nevada Snowshoe Hare L.. a. tahoensis HA
   White-tailed (Hare) Jackrabbit Lepus townsendii HA
   Western White-tailed Hare L.. t. townsendii HA
   Black-tailed (Hare) Jackrabbit Lepus californicus HA
Sciuridae (Squirrels, chipmunks, and Marmots)
   Eastern Gray Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis I, HA
   Western Gray Squirrel Sciurus griseus HA
   Eastern Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger I, HA
   Douglas Squirrel Tamiasclurus douglasii HA
Castoridae (Beavers)
   Beaver Castor canadensis HA, some populations were introduced.
Cricetidae (Native Mice, Rats, and Voles)
   Muskrat Onatra zibethicus HA, some populations were introduced.
Canidae (Foxes, Wolves, and relatives)
   Coyote Canis latrans HA
   Gray Fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus HA
Ursidae (Bears)
   Black Bear Ursus americanus HA
Procyonidae (Raccoons and relatives)
   Raccoon Procyon lotor HA
Mustelidae (Weasels and relatives)
   Ermine Mustela erminea HA
   Long-tailed Weasel Mustela frenata HA
   American Mink Mustela vison HA
   American Badger Taxidea taxus HA
   Western Spotted Skunk Spilogale gracillis HA, except Channel Islands Spotted Skunk subspecies
   Striped Skunk Mephitis mephitis HA
Felidae (Cats)
   Bobcat Felis rufus HA
Suidae (Pigs)
   Wild Pig Sus scrofa I, HA
Cervidae (Deer, Elk, and relatives)
   Wapiti or Elk Cervus elaphus HA, some subspecies have been introduced.
   Fallow Deer Cervus dama I, HA
   Sambar Cervus unicolor I, HA
   Axis Deer Cervus axis I, HA
   Mule Deer Odocoileus hemionus HA
Antilocapridae (Pronghorn)
   Pronghorn Antilocapra americana HA
Bovidae (Sheep, Goats, an relatives)
   Nelson's Bighorn Sheep Ovis canadensis nelsoni HA
   Barbary Sheep Ammotragus lervia I, HA
   Himalayan Tahr Hemitragus jemlahicus I, HA
   Feral Goat Capra hircus I, HA