After six decades as the Department of Fish and Game, the agency in charge of California's wild animals has a new name one that has many hunting and fishing organizations leery.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation recently replacing "Game'' with "Wildlife,'' in a nod to environmentalists and animal-rights activists.
Sporting groups fear the legislation signals a change in the department's traditional focus.
Once the name change takes effect on Jan. 1, only 12 other states will use the word ``game'' in the names of their wildlife agencies. The name change grew out of a two-year effort to develop a strategic vision for the department.
Hunting and fishing organizations say they were outnumbered during the department's makeover, which supporters say better reflects California's changing political and demographic landscape.