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Wildlife News: Dec. 6, 2017

Posted December 6, 2017


Game and Fish Commission opposes proposed initiative to ban hunting of wild cats
At its regular December meeting, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission passed a motion in opposition to a proposed ballot initiative that would ban the hunting of mountain lions and bobcats and restrict management of the state’s wild cats by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Read more

Information sought in deer poaching case near Bagdad

KINGMAN, Ariz. — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking information about a recent poaching of a deer near Bagdad, Ariz. The doe was shot in the neck on or about Oct. 28 and left to waste near Hardy Schell, a stock tank northwest of Windy Ridge in Game Management Unit 18B. Read more

Be a hero for wildlife — your donations will help the AZGFD wildlife center

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Center treats sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. Some can be released to the wild, but those that can’t require continued care, either as “wildlife ambassadors” for educational presentations at local schools and community events, or for placement in a zoo or wildlife sanctuary. The department receives no Arizona tax dollars to operate, and the cost of feeding and caring for these animals often outweighs the available funding. Read more

Fatal OHV accidents are a tragic reminder of the importance of driving best practices

Following recent fatal off-highway vehicle accidents, the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds everyone about the importance of following best practices when driving on the state’s trails and public land roads. While safety equipment like helmets (which are required for riders and passengers under 18) and eye protection (required for everyone) are critically important in the event of an accident, they do not prevent accidents from occurring. Read more

Elk poaching near Flagstaff being investigated

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating the poaching of a bull elk, which occurred the evening of Dec. 3. The bull was found north of Route 66 off Rain Valley Road on the east side of Flagstaff near Picture Canyon. Read more

Reward offered in North Rim deer poaching

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering up to an $8,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of yet another suspected poacher. The latest case involves a mule deer buck that was found dead near Mount Logan on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The deer was recovered in game management unit 13A off County Road 5 and is suspected to have been killed sometime between Nov. 17 and 19. Read more

AZGFD receives grant to support DUI enforcement efforts

The Arizona Game and Fish Department recently received a $9,750 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The grant will be used to purchase DUI enforcement equipment for AZGFD officers and to ensure the safety of vehicle users across the state. Read more