For the first time, California anglers and hunters can now file required harvest reports online rather than by mail.
The California Department of Fish and Game has unveiled a new Internet service that allows hunters and fishermen to report how many fish they caught or the results of a deer or bear hunt.
The data is required for certain wildlife species to help state officials manage populations and set harvest quotas in future years. But until now, hunters and anglers could only submit the reports using forms or tags sent in the mail.
DFG officials say the new system is faster and easier, though reports can still be submitted by mail.
Such reporting is required for species including bear, antelope, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, abalone, lobster, steelhead and sturgeon. In many cases, rules require reports for these species to be submitted even if none were taken.