That Resilient Little Goose From the Aleutian Islands

Aleutian geese Last weekend, Kathy and I drove over to California’s beautiful North Coast. We were biking through the pasturelands, northwest of Eureka, when we began seeing geese—thousands of them. It seemed that every pasture hosted a healthy flock of feeding little cacklers. “Wait a minute,” I said. “Those aren’t cacklers, they’re Aleutian geese.” Every bird displayed the characteristic white ring at the base of its neck.

Badges, Bears, and Eagles in Today’s San Francisco Chronicle

Exotic animals are featured in the chapter "Metro Wardens" in Steven T. Callan's memoir, Badges, Bears, and Eagles--The True-Life Adventures of a California Fish and Game Warden.Tom Stienstra, columnist and outdoor writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, has writen about Badges, Bears, and Eagles in today’s (3/11/13) issue of the San Francisco Chronicle.   He refers to Chapter 7, “Metro Wardens,”  where I describe some of the many big cat and exotic animal incidents that occurred in Southern California during the 1970s and early 1980s.   At that time, there were believed to be as many captive African lions in the LA Basin as there were wild lions in Africa.  Read the story at SFGate.

Our First Book Signing

Author Steven T. Callan signs copies of his book Badges, Bears, and Eagles--The True-Life Adventures of a California Fish and Game Warden, at the 2013 NorCal Boat, Sport and RV Show.I am very happy to say that our first book signing event, at the NorCal Boat, Sport and RV Show, was a success. Thanks to the wonderful article in Saturday’s Redding Record Searchlight and all of the nice people who came by, we sold out in three hours. For those readers who have ordered through Amazon, the word I’m getting is three weeks to delivery. Barnes and Noble and Amazon are able to provide ebooks right away.

Tribute to the Giant Sea Bass

My friend Sergio Fainsztein recently posted an underwater photograph of a giant sea bass off La Jolla Cove, San Diego, on his Facebook page. The photograph reminded me of an incident that happened in 1958, when I was ten years old. We were on the beach at Casa Cove, a short distance from where the photo Fainsztein shared was taken.

A Dangerous Calling

Yesterday’s shootout with former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner should dispel any doubts about the dangerous nature of a California Fish and Game (Wildlife) officer’s job.  Here’s something you may not be aware of: California Fish and Game (Wildlife) wardens are not only empowered to enforce all state laws and local ordinances, they are also deputized federal officers, authorized to enforce federal laws dealing with fish and wildlife.