One Health & Wildlife Talk: Ecosystem Threats From Illegal Marijuana Cultivation in California

Deana Clifford is the veterinarian for non game, threatened and endangered species at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology at UC Davis. She’s also an affiliate of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center. 

She gave a talk this afternoon at the UC Davis School of Veterinary medicine about how illegal marijuana farms in national forests are impacting local wildlife. We invited her in to talk about that topic and her role as a veterinarian in the effort to address the impacts of these illegal farms. The photos below are referenced in the episode.  

Trash from an illegal camp: 

Camp Trash

Plants surrounded by rodenticides: 


Illegal water pond on grow site: 


Poison-laced hotdog on a hook near a grow site: 


Deana and a fisher: