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  • It's A Veritable Zoo Out There!

    WOT|Nov 1, 2023

    Though it’s thought of as a desert state, Arizona has a surprisingly wide variety of climates that support a wide variety of wildlife from rodents to reptiles, birds and large predators be they common and familiar or the rarest and the strange. Here is information about some of the animals in Arizona. Much of Arizona’s wildlife can be found in its state parks and trails. The state parks include Catalina, Cattail Cove, Lyman Lake, Lost Dutchman, Patagonia Lake, Lake Havasu, the San Rafael Sta... Full story

  • AZGFC Announces Recipients Of 2023 Commission Awards

    AZGFD|Oct 1, 2023

    PHOENIX - The Arizona Game and Fish Commission announced 16 recipients of the 2023 Commission Awards at its Sept. 8 meeting in Greer, Ariz. The awards recognize Arizonans who have contributed significantly to the conservation of the state's wildlife, its outdoor heritage, and the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. This year's recipients are - Award of Excellence – Sheriff David Rhodes, Yavapai County and Sheriff Jim Driscoll, Coconino County Youth Conservationist of the Year – Cha... Full story

  • Arizona Wildlife Views TV Show Returns

    AZGFD|Oct 1, 2023

    PHOENIX — If you enjoy wildlife and the outdoors, you won’t want to miss the new season of Arizona Wildlife Views on the Arizona Game and Fish Department's (AZGFD) YouTube channel and Arizona PBS Channel 8. The Emmy Award-winning television program will open your eyes to the best of our state’s wildlife, wild places and outdoor adventure through spectacular video and compelling stories. The 10-episode season will highlight a variety of wildlife conservation efforts in Arizona, including — • J... Full story

  • These Five Are The State's Representatives

    AZGFD|Oct 1, 2023

    These Five Are The State's Representatives Though it's thought of as a desert state, Arizona has a surprisingly wide variety of climates that support a wide variety of wildlife from rodents to reptiles, birds and large predators be they common and familiar or the rarest and the strange. Here is information about some of the animals in Arizona. Official State Bird Arizona's state bird is the cactus wren. This bird is only found in the deserts of the southwest and upper Mexico. It's the United... Full story

  • Arizona Deer Association

    Don McDowell, Co-Editor|Sep 1, 2023

    To whom it may concern, The Arizona Deer Association is a 501 C3 Non Profit conservation organization, founded in 1996, dedicated to protecting, improving wildlife habitat and expanding Arizona's deer herds, as well as other wildlife species on private and public lands. This Vulcan Solar Project will require extensive construction damaging an already delicate Lower Sonoran Desert environment and eco system by means of heavy grading, leveling, shrub and vegetation removal and sterilizing thus... Full story

  • Sustainable Solar Solutions Provide Water for Wildlife and Livestock in Arizona

    AZBW|Sep 1, 2023

    MOBILE, ALA., SEPTEMBER 5, 2023 ––TerrePower, a division of BBB Industries,is helping provide sustainable solar solutions in Arizona. The wildlife and livestock that feed on these dry, desert landscapes often struggle to find natural sources of water. In response to this challenge, a collaborative effort between wildlife experts, conservationists, and ranchers has emerged to ensure the conservation of natural resources and access to water, particularly during the sweltering and dry periods. Acro... Full story

  • AZGFD In The News

    AZGFD|Sep 1, 2023

    'Here, Kitty, Kitty' Trail cam confirms "Lil' Jefe" the ocelot still roams the mountains of southeast Arizona. Kudos to The Arizona Republic and reporter Brandon Loomis for a recent news story about a Vail, Ariz., man's trail camera footage that confirms Arizona's lone ocelot still roams the Huachuca Mountains, more than a decade after the wildcat was first sighted there. Upcoming Events: Virtual Speaker Wildlife Series Arizona's Wildcats: Learn about our state's stealthy hypercarnivores - 6:30... Full story

  • AZGFD Accepting Entries For The Arizona Wildlife Photo Contest

    AZGFD|Aug 1, 2023

    Do you want to see your photo on the cover of Arizona Wildlife Views' annual calendar? Do you have a knack for capturing great photos of wildlife? Then you won't want to miss the Arizona Game and Fish Department's 17th annual wildlife photo contest. One best in show and 11 first-place winners will be showcased in the 2024 calendar, which is published in the November-December 2023 issue of Arizona Wildlife Views. The best-in-show photo is published on the calendar's cover and as one of the... Full story

  • Send Water To Wildlife

    AZGFD|Aug 1, 2023

    Editor's Note: This issue addresses the subject of survival, of keeping cool during our long, hot summer. Although we concentrate on the elderly and the little people, wildlife, as well as humans, need "cooling stations" and thanks to Arizona Game and Fish, there is help for our animal friends. You can help them too. Arizona is in a cycle of long-term drought. For our wildlife, this means less drinking water and a bigger fight for survival, especially during the dangerously hot and dry summer... Full story

  • Wild Life Over Passes

    AZBW|Aug 1, 2023

    IN CANADA --Today there are six overpasses and 38 underpasses between east gate of Banff National Park and British Columbia (B.C.)-Alberta border - the highest concentration of wildlife crossing structures for any single stretch of highway anywhere in the world. (However, other states and countries have them too, for example, camel crossings in Kuwait.)... Full story

  • OSN / FAN Meeting Report

    Doug Burt, AZGFD Recruitment, Retention ad Reactivations R3 Manager|Aug 1, 2023

    Wow, where do I start? You all are amazing. Thank you for an incredible, productive, informative, collaborative and engaging experience - again! By the Numbers: 35 Total Attendees (including AZGFD staff) 18 Unique Organizations (but more, given how many folks wear multiple hats / roles) 10 New / 1st time attendees 4 Food / Drink Sponsors - Wildlife for Tomorrow (lunch & dinner), Arizona Mule Deer Organization (breakfast), Mule Deer Foundation - Rim Country Chapter (social hour) & NWTF / Rich... Full story

  • Agencies Working Toward Constructing Elevated Wildlife Crossings

    Carol L Allen|Aug 1, 2023

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Kaibab and Coconino national forests are seeking public comments about a proposal to install up to three new wildlife highway crossings in northern Arizona, pending funding availability. The goal: keep motorists safe and allow wildlife to safely cross interstates. The proposal, brought forward by the Arizona Game and Fish Department in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Transportation, is based on years of study. The proposed crossings would be located on... Full story

  • Mexican Wolf Recovery Program Update

    AZGFD|Aug 1, 2023

    The following is a summary of Mexican Wolf Recovery Program activities in the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area (MWEPA) in Arizona, including the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR), San Carlos Apache Reservation (SCAR), and New Mexico. Additional Program information can be obtained by calling (928) 339-4329 or toll free at (888) 459-9653, or by visiting the Arizona Game and Fish Department website at www.azgfd.gov/wolf, or by visiting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at... Full story

  • AZGFD Outdoor Hall Of Fame

    AZGFD|Jul 1, 2023

    The Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation and respected outdoor journalist Craig Boddington will honor the 2023 class of inductees into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame at the 25th annual Hall of Fame banquet Saturday, Aug. 19. The event will take place at The Wigwam Resort, 300 Wigwam Blvd., in Litchfield Park, Ariz. This year's inductees represent a diverse range of experts and advocates dedicated to preserving Arizona's natural heritage. These organizations and individuals have demonstrated... Full story

  • Bears

    Jul 1, 2023

    Safety tips can prevent attracting bears and advise what to do in case of an encounter. Editor's Note: In light of the recent tragedy near Prescott, Ariz., we publish this reminder from AZGFD and send sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victim. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has started to receive its first confirmed reports of the year of bear sightings in Arizona. As temperatures rise, bears will come out of their dens searching for food. Black bears are typicall... Full story

  • Be Bear Aware

    AZGFD|Jul 1, 2023

    As always, keep food sources unavailable, be aware of your surroundings, and enjoy wildlife from a distance. Many people will be headed to Arizona's high country this weekend, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is reminding outdoor recreationists and residents to be aware of the chance encounter with bears or other native wildlife. The best way to enjoy wildlife is from a safe distance. Bears, in particular, are powerful animals that should always be considered unpredictable and... Full story

  • Coyote Alert

    Jul 1, 2023

    COYOTE WILDLIFE ALERT -- Over the past 5+ years, Grand Canyon coyotes have become habituated to human food at campgrounds and viewpoints after being regularly fed by park visitors. After many hazing and removal attempts, Grand Canyon National Park staff have needed to euthanize these coyotes to protect visitors. Keep wildlife wild and prevent the needless loss of animal life: • PLEASE do not feed or approach animals • Make sure to secure your food Please help us pass along this message to vis... Full story

  • Arizona High Country Hummingbird Festival

    Arizona High Country Hummingbird Festival

    AZGFD|Jul 1, 2023

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is hosting its 20th annual High Country Hummingbird Festival on July 29 at the Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area near Springerville/Eagar. The free, family-friendly festival will include: Hummingbird banding by Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory. Plant displays to attract hummingbirds. Live wildlife from the R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch. Live bird display from AZGFD. Take a photo with a live critter at the critter photo booth. Activities for... Full story

  • 2023 and 2024 Fishing Regulations

    Can't Stand The Heat? Neither Can Trout

    AZGFD|Jul 1, 2023

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) reminds anglers that the record-setting heat has raised water temperatures in many trout lakes and streams. Trout thrive in cool (below 68 degrees), clean, well-oxygenated water. During the summer months, when water levels and flows decrease due to lack of rainfall, water temperatures rise and dissolved oxygen decreases, which in turn causes additional stress on trout. Anglers are reminded to consider these conditions and take some personal... Full story

  • BLM Initiates Environmental Analysis Of The Vulcan Solar Energy Project

    BLM|Jul 1, 2023

    PHOENIX — The Bureau of Land Management is announcing the beginning of a 30-day public scoping period to inform the environmental analysis of the proposed Vulcan Solar Project, which would produce up to 1,050 megawatts of utility-scale renewable energy from solar photovoltaic modules on 7,374 acres of public land in western Maricopa County. A Notice of Intent will post in the Federal Register tomorrow, announcing the BLM's intent to amend the Lower Sonoran Field Office Resource Management P... Full story

  • Coyotes And Other Wildlife

    AZGFD|Jun 1, 2023

    In the aftermath of two recent coyote attacks on toddlers in north Scottsdale, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is reminding residents to help avoid conflicts with wildlife by not feeding them and by not letting them feel comfortable around your home. If a coyote has bitten a person, call 911. Anyone bitten by a coyote should immediately seek medical attention from a qualified healthcare provider. If you encounter a coyote (or other wildlife) that is acting aggressively toward... Full story

  • Arizona Wildlife Photo Contest

    Arizona Wildlife Photo Contest

    AZGFD|Jun 1, 2023

    Submissions accepted through 5 p.m. (Arizona time) Friday, Aug. 11 Do you want to see your photo on the cover of Arizona Wildlife Views' annual calendar? Do you have a knack for capturing great photos of wildlife? Then you won't want to miss the Arizona Game and Fish Department's 17th annual wildlife photo contest. One best in show and 11 first-place winners will be showcased in the 2024 calendar, which is published in the November-December 2023 issue of Arizona Wildlife Views. The best-in-show... Full story

  • New Zealand Mudsnails

    AZGFD|May 1, 2023

    Anglers and others recreating in Canyon Creek are now required to clean, drain, dry and decontaminate their equipment after each visit The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has added Canyon Creek to its list of "Aquatic Invasive Species Affected Waters" (also known as Director's Order 2) after recently confirming the presence of invasive New Zealand mudsnails in lower Canyon Creek about 3 miles downstream of Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery. Director's Orders are authorized by ARS §17-255.01... Full story

  • AZGFD Avoiding Conflicts With Wildlife

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2023

    In the aftermath of two recent coyote attacks on toddlers in north Scottsdale, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is reminding residents to help avoid conflicts with wildlife by not feeding them and by not letting them feel comfortable around your home. The toddlers were attacked by coyotes in separate incidents two weeks ago and sustained minor injuries. Wildlife officials believe the same coyote was responsible for both attacks. AZGFD personnel searched the area for several days... Full story

  • Desert Tails Shelter

    Duke

    Jim Allen|Apr 1, 2023

    I have been fostering Duke the coolest dog for the last 2 weeks. He is 11 and a retired Service Dog. His owner died so we don't have the paper work of the service he performed. I took him to the vet today. He is fixed and is UTD on shots. He has some old dog bumps and lumps and vet felt them was not overly concerned. He is a Weimaraner and weighs 57lbs. He is great around other dogs and we cat tested and he was not interested. I will foster until a home is found and I'm doing this through... Full story

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