Vandalism and Arson Target California Department of Fish and Wildlife Vehicles in Old Town Eureka

burned rigs behind a cyclone fence

Flat tires, busted windshields and burned vehicles littered the CDFW parking lot today. [All photos by Lindsay]

Several vehicles owned by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) fell victim to an act of vandalism and arson, prompting an investigation by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The targeted vehicles were secured behind a locked fence in Old Town Eureka.

Eyewitnesses on the scene reported a scene of destruction as multiple CDFW vehicles were found burned, while others had been subjected to deliberate acts of vandalism. The severity of the damage indicates a calculated effort to cause harm to state property, prompting the involvement of the CHP in the investigation.
burned rigs behind a cyclone fenceThe CHP, as a law enforcement agency responsible for handling cases involving state property, has taken charge of the ongoing investigation. The motive behind the act and the identity of those responsible remain unknown at this time.
The CHP and CDFW have been contacted for comment, however, officers for both agencies were in the field at the time of our request, and unable to comment.
burned rigs behind a cyclone fenceThe incident has raised concerns within the community, as acts of vandalism against state property have broader implications. The deliberate targeting of government vehicles prompts questions about the motives behind such destructive actions and the potential impact on the resources and services provided by the CDFW.
As the investigation unfolds, we will update this article as information becomes available.
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Dogbiter
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Dogbiter
13 days ago

Oh no! While the CHP is tied up with the fish cop investigation who will enforce the 40 mph speed zone at Indianola? WILL BE ENFORCED! I think that sign needs to be turned off. I’ve seen one CHP there and that was the first day of the 40 mph zone.
Probably lots of folks have a bone to pick with CDFW. Too bad we all have to pay for the damage out of our own taxes.

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Humboldt County Line
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Humboldt County Line
13 days ago
Reply to  Dogbiter

This is for you:

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deadmanwalkingwmd
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deadmanwalkingwmd
13 days ago
Reply to  Dogbiter

Yeah, isn’t vandalism nice? We get to pay for those vehicles twice, once when they were purchased and again to replace them. Vandals are despicable.

Craig
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Craig
13 days ago
Reply to  Dogbiter

The enforcement sign is having some effect on speeders, I’ve seen the 40 mph feed back speed sign drop from 73 mph, the highest that I’ve observed, to 62 mph. (Sarcasm off)

Ricky Bennis
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Ricky Bennis
12 days ago
Reply to  Dogbiter

I wonder if they have a Wastewater Discharge permit on file for that parking lot….
Hey, kinda tangential, but does the dirt parking lot at the Courthouse have the mandatory asphalt aprons at the entrances? Never noticed…

Zipline
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Zipline
13 days ago

One of the few ways to combat the tyranny of the majority.

tru matters
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tru matters
13 days ago
Reply to  Zipline

Senseless acts such as this should not be tolerated., nor condoned.

Jelly roll
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Jelly roll
13 days ago
Reply to  Zipline

Poppycock.

Bellroad
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Bellroad
13 days ago
Reply to  Zipline

Sounds like one of the self-serving excuses offered up by a convicted January 6th insurrectionist.

Bill
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Bill
12 days ago
Reply to  Zipline

Because “the tyranny of the majority” is so oppressive?
We live under the tyranny of a very small minority! And they have recruited a lesser minority to do their scutwork.
How do you feel about being used?

BudD
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Bud
13 days ago

Are antifa or BLM back in town?

D'Tucker Jebs
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13 days ago
Reply to  Bud

Paranoia isn’t really all that healthy.
And it certainly isn’t helpful.

No Joke
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No Joke
13 days ago
Reply to  Bud

Somebody got mad they can’t poach whatever they want.

jimmy2shoes
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jimmy2shoes
13 days ago
Reply to  No Joke

The number of poaching cases which result in any meaningful amount of penalties is like, single digits, in the whole state of California each year. Far more likely is a grower who lost 100k+ due to a raid.

No Joke
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No Joke
13 days ago
Reply to  jimmy2shoes

Could be.

Since CDFW is ostensibly charged with protecting the environment and isn’t in the habit of killing unarmed black teens, I don’t think antifa or BLM have any grudge against them.

D'Tucker Jebs
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13 days ago
Reply to  No Joke

Maybe he meant Bureau of Land Management.
They’ve always had it in for CDFW.

Frumboldt
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Frumboldt
13 days ago
Reply to  jimmy2shoes

That being the case these guys have always there for been here en mass to just cost out locals way of life for the so called better of others, traitors to their home, don’t get caught here when the badge don’t shine no more, ops be fish food will be the whole of the fish and game code of conduct when I’m king of the warlords

Herewegoagain
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Herewegoagain
13 days ago
Reply to  Frumboldt

This reads like an AI programmed to spout angry conservative gibberish.

thesteve4761
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thesteve4761
13 days ago
Reply to  Bud

No, BLM never left, and they’re the feds.

FogDog
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FogDog
12 days ago
Reply to  Bud

I heard their bus is rolling into town. I’ve been waiting for it to show up since Billy warned us about it in 2020! 😆

Madrone is the best Supervisor in Humboldt
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Madrone is the best Supervisor in Humboldt
13 days ago

Definitely done by Trump supporters 💯

Wizard of OddsD
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13 days ago

Paranoia isn’t really all that healthy.
And it certainly isn’t helpful.

D'Tucker Jebs
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13 days ago
Reply to  Wizard of Odds

Hey!
Copyright pending.
Cease and desist!

Bug on a Windshield
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Bug on a Windshield
13 days ago
Reply to  D'Tucker Jebs

Bibliography coming later.

Mr. Clark
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Mr. Clark
12 days ago

Do you have evidence of that statement?

ABA
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ABA
12 days ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

YOU are asking for evidence? Hilarious given your history.

Observation
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Observation
13 days ago

Sounds like a grower tired of being hit with fines for polluting the waterways.

Ullr Rover
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Ullr Rover
13 days ago

Too bad we have to pay for it.

Frumboldt
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Frumboldt
13 days ago
Reply to  Ullr Rover

Prevent government tyrany with its inevitable overreach and you won’t have to pay, keep allowing it in your name and the bill will be handed down to your generations, the time for watering our tree is now. Or would you selfishly leave that task for our children? Cowardly shit to know the deed needs done but boomer out of the game on pills instead of clock tower justice. Weak shit

ABA
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ABA
13 days ago
Reply to  Frumboldt

Are you advocating violence against the government? Hard to tell with the poor writing.

farfromputin
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farfromputin
13 days ago

Security cameras surely captured this vicious attack.

Al L Ivesmatr
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Al L Ivesmatr
13 days ago

Ahh, the rise of the imbeciles following their current leader…DAMF. They burned up a bunch of vehicles which belong to all Americans, even them! And even lower they harmed our civil servants who we entrusted to stop poachers from gobbling up and damaging everything at the expense of all who should enjoy. Natural Selection is not a concept which seemingly crossed the threshold of understanding.

It's Me
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It's Me
13 days ago

Grab the popcorn! ThIs is going to get very interesting!!! Humboldt county will be a Police state until the perp or perps are caught. Better flush the drugs folks they will come. Maybe all the extra Leo’s will solve some of the unsolved high crimes that have happened in the county while they are surveiling the population

Bug on a Windshield
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Bug on a Windshield
13 days ago
Reply to  It's Me

Yet, within the last 24 hours, heck, the last couple hours, leos still turning a blind eye to: overly dark tinted windows, cell phone use while driving, homeless carting their gear into the recently cleaned Cooper’s Gulch. The latter happened yesterday as EPD drove right by, where after, the cart pusher paused, made eye contact with me, shrugged, and continued to bumpily roll into his new encampment. The first two I saw on the way to work this morning as I paralleled an EPD officer down Henderson with him sharkly cruising at my 7 o’clock. While we both waited at a light, several cars and trucks crossed our paths: one with the tint so dark I couldn’t see in, at least two on phones, one of which looked straight at the cop. I stared at the cop until he looked at me; I made a gesture toward the drivers; he looked away as though avoiding the gaze of the playground alpha bully.

So, no. Not very interesting. Unless, they are just “surveiling the population”, in which case you are correct. Although, surveiling with a blind eye perhaps? And, we were approaching Happy Donut, so, you know. Tunnel vision?

Trout fisher
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Trout fisher
13 days ago

Immature disgruntled pot farmer who was rightly fined for environmental violations

Redwood Dan
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Redwood Dan
13 days ago

I would say that’s a hot plate of karma served up, but the unfortunate thing is the taxpayers, hunters and fisherman, and Cannabis farmers are gonna cover the bill. But I hope there’s a few wardens there that really take it personally and feel like somebody pissed in their Cheerios. Especially that short redheaded bastard inspector with the Napoleon complex.

Al L Ivesmatr
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Al L Ivesmatr
12 days ago
Reply to  Redwood Dan

You have run into him as well. Different capacities, same guy .He makes over 100k a year to screw with your life, no matter it being forests or cannabis. And he loves it! If you understand his life is miserable with no power besides with his job, you will understand and just laugh after being completely pissed off for a long time.

Redwood Dan
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Redwood Dan
11 days ago
Reply to  Al L Ivesmatr

I made a couple wise cracks and he didn’t think any of it was funny. I could tell it was really upsetting him by how red his face got. I was treating him like an equal and guest on my property, not acting like he was some high and mighty warden with boundless a-thor-uh-tah. I think that was pissing him off more than me pointing out and making light of the ridiculousness of some of the regulations.

shortjohnson
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shortjohnson
12 days ago
Reply to  Redwood Dan

Ha. Thats hilarious. The red headed bastard part.

Bob vila
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Bob vila
10 days ago
Reply to  Redwood Dan

ive seen him drive past poachers hunting from chairs mounted to the roof of their jeep which is totally illegal. CDFW is just there to go after cannabis farmers so till the only farms left are in Santa Barbara owned by the mega rich

Older hopefully wiser
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Older hopefully wiser
13 days ago

Well… dont forget history, as in the french revolution..

F n wl , who used to be (25 yrs ago) good guys have become a self serving agency who fine and collect money from the serfs at every opportunity – they mostly admit the money goes to pay their own salaries, but when asked about public benefit of their services, not much answer.

Sorry this happened -as a practical matter we all pay for it and it helps no one but it does make a big statement

As california continues to move toward over regulation and “socialism”( oh thats only if you work for the government), the masses who struggle to survive yet are forced to pay will eventually have had enough…

If the government treated citizens decently (questionable in the case of the f n wl dept) they would probably be respected and treated better- we all reap what we sow

Angela Robinson
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Angela Robinson
13 days ago

 as in the french revolution
This always amuses me. What followed the French revolution and the Reign of Terror which ultimately consumed it’s own leaders was Napoleon.
And then a return to monarchy of various sorts and decades of revolution and war. Fun times.

Law-Fay-Et
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Law-Fay-Et
12 days ago

yeah, because it was inevitable and history proceeds like fucking clockwork, right?
Tell us more about your mechanistic and deterministic views.

FogDog
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FogDog
12 days ago

Don’t mess up their anti government narrative with,
ya know, facts…😆

Rick
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Rick
13 days ago

This looks like a mostly peaceful protest.

shortjohnson
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shortjohnson
12 days ago

A LOT of folks have a bone to pick w CDFW.

FogDog
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FogDog
12 days ago

That whole lot has surveillance. The investigation should be pretty easy. My money is on a run of the mill eureka nutter, not some poacher or doper with an axe to grind.

crap
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crap
12 days ago

Good old Eutweeka……

ATrueFreedomMindedLibertarian
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ATrueFreedomMindedLibertarian
12 days ago

Typical action from the militant activist left. You will know its true when either they can’t figure out who did it despite tons of cameras, or they find them and the courts politely tell them to not do it again and let them go.

No Joke
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No Joke
10 days ago

Fish and wildlife is pretty damn low on the “militant activist left” priority list, lol.

Big Rick
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Big Rick
12 days ago

They’re investigation should start at who was previously raided by fish and wildlife in the upcoming weeks to this act of arson.

You guys really think this is about fish?

Look at the forest through the trees for a minute here.

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local observer
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local observer
12 days ago
Reply to  Big Rick

they would have better odds setting up cameras at 2nd and C and then compare to the photos from the lot. most people don’t understand how many violent type freaks we have in town and most of them pass thru 2nd & C several times a day.