Millions for wildlife preservation spent elsewhere, officials say March 7, 2013 California

California Deer Population, Management News and Information Archive

...  Over the last decade, millions of public dollars intended for wildlife preservation areas were spent off the books on state office needs, equipment and building construction ... The Department of Fish and Wildlife manages more than 1 million acres of habitat. About 130,000 of its acres are leased to farmers ...Payments for 50 of the more than 100 leases in effect last year did not go into the restoration fund, the investigation found. Instead, department supervisors directed tenants to put the payments into accounts that were not part of the state treasury ...

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