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Wildlife News – Feb. 8, 2019

Posted February 8, 2019



AZGFD reduces size of Glassford Hill pronghorn herd 

The fastest land animal in North America can make it seem so effortless, reaching a top speed of 55 mph, then being able to coast at 30 mph for miles. When they get their wheels rolling, there isn’t a predator that can keep up with them, let alone catch them. There is one thing, however, that an estimated 100 pronghorn that have roamed the Glassford Hill area near Prescott Valley cannot outrun — development. On Jan. 24, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), in partnership with the Arizona Antelope Foundation (AAF) and local private landowners, reduced the size of the iconic herd by capturing 45 of the fleet-footed animals and transporting them to various release sites in southeast Arizona. Read more

Arizona Senate confirms Gov. Ducey’s nomination of James E. Goughnour to Arizona Game and Fish Commission

The Arizona Senate on Jan. 29 confirmed Gov. Doug Ducey’s nomination of James E. Goughnour of Payson, Ariz., as the newest member of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Goughnour was officially sworn in at the commission’s Feb. 8 meeting in Yuma.  Read more

Reminder: Deadline to apply for 2019 pronghorn, elk hunts is Feb. 12 

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds hunters that time is running out to apply online for 2019 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for pronghorn and elk. All online applications must be received by AZGFD no later than 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Read more

Flight operations begin Feb. 7 for Mexican wolf population survey

Residents of Alpine, Ariz., Reserve, N.M. and surrounding areas may notice a low-flying helicopter in the region between Feb. 7 and Feb. 20 as biologists conduct their annual Mexican wolf population survey and capture. The flights are part of the Mexican wolf Reintroduction Project, a multi-agency cooperative effort among the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Service Inspection Service – Wildlife Services and the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Read more 

AZGFD conducting $3.3 million major renovation at Sterling Springs Fish Hatchery 

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is conducting a $3.3 million renovation of the Sterling Springs Fish Hatchery in Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona.  AZGFD expects to complete the renovations by June of 2019. Read more 

Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in East Clear Creek doing well

Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists report that the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep that were relocated last November from Eagle Creek near Morenci to East Clear Creek/Leonard Canyon north of Payson are doing well. Fifteen of the 30 bighorn sheep released were equipped with GPS radio collars so the department could monitor their movements and habitat use. The Midwest Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation donated the GPS radio collars. Read more

AZGFD Paddlesports training course is first to meet national standard 

The Arizona Game and Fish Department was recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for offering the nation’s first paddlesports class that meets the national standard for ”On-Water Recreational Boating Skills – Human Propelled.” AZGFD’s “Paddlesports Arizona” course teaches fundamental paddlecraft skills that entry-level recreational boaters should be able to demonstrate after receiving instruction.and-hill cranes have returned to southeastern Arizona and the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s live-streaming camera is again trained on their wintering grounds at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area. Read more 

BASF introduces exciting target-shooting opportunity  

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced a new target-shooting opportunity on the 300-yard range at the world-class Ben Avery Shooting Facility (BASF). In what the department hopes will hit the mark with recreational shooters of all ages and skill levels, all 14 shooting lanes will be available for the public to shoot paper and steel targets the second and third weekend of each month. Read more 

Annual bald eagle event set for Feb. 23 in Flagstaff   

Did you know that Arizona is visited by more than 200 bald eagles during the winter? To learn more about these amazing birds, and to see live eagles, the public is invited to attend the annual Bald Eagle Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Flagstaff regional office at 3500 S. Lake Mary Road. Read more