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Wildlife News: Jan. 18, 2018

Posted January 18, 2018


Arizona’s Operation Game Thief program issued 76 citations for wildlife violations in 2017

“Poachers are criminals.” If you talk to any of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s wildlife managers, you’re likely to hear that phrase repeated as they go about their work as part biologist, part law enforcement officer. As part of their duties, the department’s 97 wildlife managers work to investigate potential poaching cases to ensure that the state’s most precious natural resource — its wildlife — is effectively managed so that future generations can enjoy the more than 800 species found in Arizona. Read more


Bald eagle breeding season leads to restrictions

Each year as part of its highly successful program to manage and conserve bald eagles in the state, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) asks outdoor recreationists, aircraft pilots, drone operators and motorized paragliders to help this magnificent bird in Arizona. Read more


Flight operations to begin for Mexican wolf population survey Jan. 22-Feb. 3

PINETOP, Ariz. — Residents of Alpine, Ariz., Reserve, N.M. and surrounding areas may notice a low-flying helicopter in the region between Jan. 22 and Feb. 3, as biologists conduct their annual Mexican wolf population survey and capture. Read more


Jan. 30: Paper applications due for 2018 elk, pronghorn draw

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the 2018 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information online at The department now is accepting paper applications for hunt permit-tags. Read more


Online applications for 2018 pronghorn, elk hunts now being accepted

The Arizona Game and Fish Department now is accepting online applications for 2018 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for pronghorn antelope and elk. Read more


Endangered Gila topminnow returns to Santa Cruz River near Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. – After an absence of more than 70 years, the endangered Gila topminnow has reappeared in the Santa Cruz River in northwest Tucson, fish surveys conducted in November confirm. Read more

Roosevelt Lake among 2017 U.S. “Waters to Watch”

The National Fish Habitat Partnership has unveiled its list of seven “Waters to Watch” for 2017, a collection of rivers, streams, estuaries, lakes and watershed systems that will benefit from strategic conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition. Read more


Sign up for Feb. 10 Lakeside, Ariz., bald eagle workshop

PINETOP, Ariz — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is partnering with the White Mountain Nature Center to present its annual bald eagle natural history workshop at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. Read more


Got a new boat or kayak for Christmas? Take a free safety class

Anyone who became the proud owner of a new boat over the holiday season is encouraged to attend one of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s (AZGFD) free safety education courses. Read more


Arizona boaters: prepare to clean, drain and dry

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds boaters to “clean, drain and dry” – and especially decontaminate — their watercraft and equipment before exiting waters designated as having aquatic invasive species (AIS). Read more


If OHVs are part of your 2018 plans, take a safety course and obtain a decal

For those whose garages got a little bit fuller during the holiday season with the addition of an off-highway vehicle (OHV) — or veteran riders who frequently hit Arizona’s trails and dirt roads — the Arizona Game and Fish Department encourages everyone to take a riding safety course. Read more


AZGFD seeks citizen scientists to aid in American kestrel project

Standing at less than 11 inches tall, the American kestrel is a mighty bird of prey, yet the future of this fierce little falcon is uncertain, as populations are on the decline nationally. Locally, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is enlisting the help of landowners and citizen scientists to assist biologists as part of the American Kestrel Partnership, a program designed to collect data to be used to conserve this important species for future generations. AZGFD is participating in the partnership, which is coordinated nationally by The Peregrine Fund. Read more