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Wildlife News: July 19, 2018

Posted July 19, 2018

During extreme drought AZGFD assists thirsty wildlife
Water is the essence of life and it’s just as precious for Arizona’s wildlife. For that reason, the Arizona Game and Fish Department has trucked or airlifted about 600,000 gallons of precious water to catchments throughout the state since January. Read more

AZGFD gets help in fight against invasive mussels
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has allocated more than $4 million to support existing work by western states and tribes to combat the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels. Arizona has several quagga mussel-infested waterbodies and will benefit from the increased funding. Read more

AZGFD now accepting entries for wildlife calendar photo contest
Do you have a knack for capturing great photos of Arizona’s wildlife? Do you want to see your photo on the cover of Arizona Wildlife Views, Arizona’s award-winning magazine about wildlife and outdoor recreation? Read more

Game and Fish Commission modifies proposed rules on trail cameras
In a 5-0 vote, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission agreed to retain the provision that prohibits use of live-action trail cameras for the purpose of taking or aiding in the take of wildlife, but removed the provision that prohibits the use of other trail cameras within one-fourth mile (440 yards) of a developed water source. Read more

June was a busy month for nuisance bear calls
At the beginning of June, officials at the AZGFD predicted the state would see a lot of nuisance bears entering populated areas in search of easy food. That forecast proved accurate, as the state wildlife agency dealt with more than 200 reports of bear activity from more than 50 Arizona communities between June 1-30. Read more

Game and Fish Commission proposes to amend rules for taking, handling of wildlife
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission proposes to amend rules within Article 3, “Taking and Handling of Wildlife,” to enact amendments developed during the preceding Five-year Review Report. Read more

$75,000 is available for hunting, fishing retention programs
AZGFD is accepting applications for $75,000 in annual grant funding for local sportsmen’s organizations to provide public, hands-on projects focused on the retention of new hunters and anglers. Read more

AZGFD to address water quality issues at Luna Lake
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is collaborating with the White Mountain Lakes Foundation and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests to address chronic and long-term water-quality issues at Luna Lake near Alpine. Read more

Misinformation only stalls successful Mexican wolf recovery
Scientists involved in Mexican wolf recovery say environmental groups distributing old and faulty data that calls for the release of captive adult wolves are not helping the recovery of the endangered subspecies. Read more

AZGFD representatives honored by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies honored conservation professionals from several western states with awards commending their work to conserve fish and wildlife resources at an awards ceremony July 16 at the organization’s annual conference in Eugene, Ore. Read more

Deer, turkey, youth-only javelina hunt permit-tags available
Arizona hunters will have an opportunity to receive a hunt permit-tag for select 2018 deer, fall turkey and fall youth-only javelina hunts. Read more

Hundreds of invasive applesnails removed from Lower Salt River
AZGFD kicked off its eighth annual battle against the spread of invasive applesnails along the Lower Salt River this summer. On June 22, AZGFD employees — along with the help of the Tonto National Forest, the SeaLife Aquarium, and volunteers from the general public — hopped aboard their kayaks to take the fight to the snails. Read more

Groups aim to boost non-lead ammo for ecosystem health
The North American Non-Lead Partnership — formed late last year by the Oregon Zoo, The Peregrine Fund and the Institute for Wildlife Studies — seeks to expand the coalition of hunters, anglers and other conservationists dedicated to improving ecosystem and wildlife health by choosing non-lead options. Read more

Jaguar conservation continues at AZGFD despite tragic news
A photograph analyzed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department confirmed that the last jaguar to venture into Arizona was killed recently in Mexico. Arizona may now be too populous to provide good jaguar habitat, but AZGFD remains committed to helping conserve this important species. Read more

8 tips for boating safely during storms
Monsoon season is here and AZGFD wants to remind boaters about how they should react during a storm. When out on the water, weather conditions can change quickly and could be dangerous for unprepared boaters. Read more

When on your OHV: Buckle up! Every trip, every time
If an off-highway vehicle, like a side-by-side, is equipped with seatbelts, AZGFD is urging the operator and all passengers to wear them. It’s a simple step, but one that could be lifesaving. Read more

World record ahead? Monster Gila trout caught at Goldwater Lake
David Worsham wasn’t at Prescott’s Goldwater Lake on Saturday, June 2 for the family fishing event or even the stocked rainbow trout. He was there to catch big bass. Yet the Avondale, Ariz., resident left with a potential state and world record Gila trout. Read more