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Wildlife Branch - Wildlife Investigations Lab


CDFW's Wildlife Investigations Laboratory (WIL) was established in 1941, and is mandated by Fish and Willdife Code Section 1008 to conduct wildlife disease investigations. Over the years, WIL's responsibilities have increased to include the statewide investigation of all wildlife mortality events, studies and surveillance of diseases (enzootic and epizootic), wildlife health and condition monitoring, prevention of zoonotic diseases, wildlife rehabilitation, injured and nuisance wildlife, safety training, and investigations of public safety wildlife such as mountain lions, black bears, coyotes, large exotic carnivores, and deer.

Wildlife Investigations Lab Contacts

Name Classification Email Address
Buchalski, Mike Research Scientist III,
Carion, Nicole Senior Environmental Scientist,
Wildlife Rehabilitation / Exotic Species Permits
Clifford, Deana Senior Veterinarian Specialist,
Non-Game and Public Safety
Dellinger, Justin Senior Environmental Scientist,
Mt. Lion and Wolf
Furnas, Brett Senior Environmental Scientist,
Heeren, Alex Research Scientist III,
Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation
Konde, Lora Senior Environmental Scientist,
Large Mammal & Capture coordination
McMillin, Stella Environmental Program Manager
Monroe, Vicky Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor
Wildlife Conflict
Moran, Tina Associate Governmental Program Analyst
Munk, Brandon Senior Veterinary Specialist,
Large Mammal
Rogers, Krysta Senior Environmental Scientist,
Rudd, Jaime Environmental Scientist,
Mt. Lion Health
Shirkey, Nicholas Environmental Scientist,
Large Mammal and Avian
Sommer, Mary Retired Annuitant,
Immobilization Drug Coordination

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


The mission of the Wildlife Investigations Lab is to investigate, monitor and manage population health issues in California's wildlife.