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Wildlife News: March 20, 2018

Posted March 20, 2018




Come on out to the AZGFD Outdoor Expo March 24-25

The largest hands-on outdoor recreation expo in Arizona is coming soon! Dates are set for the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo presented by Shikar Safari Club International. Come out Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 to the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Admission and parking are free! Read more


Applications being accepted to adopt a desert tortoise

Approximately 50 desert tortoises will soon awaken from their winter slumber and the Arizona Game and Fish Tortoise Adoption program will be once again be looking for good adoptive homes. There is no charge to adopt a tortoise. Read more


Arizona elk arrive in West Virginia 

RAYMOND WILDLIFE AREA — For the first time in more than 150 years, elk are leaving their hoofprints on West Virginia soil. On March 3, dozens of elk that were captured and quarantined in January east of Flagstaff were loaded into a livestock trailer and transported nonstop to a release site in the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area in southwest West Virginia. Read more


2017 U.S. Mexican wolf population survey completed 

ALBUQUERQUE – The Mexican wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT) completed the annual year­end population survey, documenting a minimum of 114 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico at the end of 2017. This number includes 26 pups that survived to the end of 2017, accounting for a slight increase over the estimated 113 wild wolves in 2016. Read more


Nominations sought for Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame 

The Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation is soliciting nominations for this year’s inductees into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame. The Outdoor Hall of Fame annually recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions toward Arizona’s wildlife, the welfare of its natural resources, and the state’s outdoor heritage. Read more


Court denies Arizona’s request to stop U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ planned high-flow water release at Alamo Lake  

A federal court Friday denied the State of Arizona’s motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from conducting a high-flow water release at Alamo Lake beginning this week. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission on Feb. 26 had voted unanimously to request that the Office of the Arizona Attorney General pursue the action. 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. All public comments about the proposed rulemaking will be accepted through April 15. Read more


Arizona state fish returns: AZGFD to resume stocking Apache trout 

The Apache trout, one of Arizona’s two native trout, are returning to lakes and streams in the White Mountains by May. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is scheduled to stock around 55,000 Apache trout of a catchable size (below) from its Silver Creek Hatchery from May through September. Read more


Spring Aboard and complete safety course for chance at free watercraft rental 

Safe boaters are educated boaters, that’s why the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is encouraging all watergoers to take a boating safety course during the national Spring Aboard campaign March 18-24. Read more


Volunteers needed to spotlight endangered black-footed ferrets 

SELIGMAN, Ariz. — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking volunteers to assist with spotlighting efforts to help document the population of endangered black-footed ferrets in Aubrey Valley and on the Double O Ranch near Seligman. Read more


Arizona’s “Conserving Wildlife” license plate benefits habitat, education and youth 

Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation’s (AZSFWC) “Conserving Wildlife” license plate ended 2017 surpassing the prior year both in license plate sales and grant awards from the proceeds. Read more