California Outdoors for the week of 3/7/2012

Carrie Wilson
California Department of Fish and Game

Captured lizards as pets

Question: My 8-year-old caught a pair of western fence lizards in the park near our house. He brought them home and they’re doing very well in a terrarium in his room. We did some online research to find out how to care for them, and came across several lively debates on the herp forums as to whether it’s even legal to keep them as pets. Some believe it’s against the law unless you have a collection permit, while others say it’s only illegal to collect and keep threatened or endangered species. My son would like to keep them, but doesn’t want to break any Fish and Game laws.

—Kirsten M.


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Tigers reach Northern Section championship

Feather Publishing

The Portola High School girls' basketball team defeated Colusa 52-49 in a Division V semifinal playoff match Tuesday evening, Feb. 28, in Portola. The Tigers, seeded second, will play top-seeded Hamilton in the championship game at Chico State this Saturday, March 3. For more information, see next week's sports section.

Portola Tigers advance to semifinals

Shannon Morrow
Portola senior Lindsey Compton gets under the hoop. In last Thursday’s quarterfinal match, Compton made a game-saving basket at the final buzzer to put the match into overtime. Photo by Shannon Morrow
Sports Editor


The Portola High School girls’ basketball team won two playoff games at home last week to advance to the Northern Section Division V semifinals.

The Portola Tigers, seeded second, hosted third-seeded Colusa in the semifinal round Tuesday, Feb. 28. The results weren’t known at press time, but will be posted on plumasnews.com.

If Portola defeated Colusa, the Tigers will compete in the Northern Section championship match at Chico State University this Saturday, March 3.

To reach the semifinals, the Tigers beat Chester 58-44 in their first playoff game Feb. 21 and then eliminated Weed 42-34 in overtime Feb. 23.

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California Outdoors

Carrie Wilson
California Department of Fish and Game

Transporting fowl

Question: I had a good waterfowl season and gave many ducks to friends who wanted to try duck. I also shared some duck jerky with them and they loved it! Now they all want some jerky or sausage, too! I called the butcher and found out they require 25 pounds of meat to make a batch of sausage. I weighed my possession limit and it doesn’t come close enough to make the weight. How do I legally bring enough ducks to the processor without putting myself into an overlimit in possession situation?

—Gino B.

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Three teams advance

Feather Publishing

After the first round of the boys' and girls' Division V basketball playoffs Feb. 21-22, three Plumas County teams advanced to the quarterfinals, while two local teams were eliminated.

The Quincy and Chester boys' teams and the Portola girls' team each won their opening playoff matches at home.

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