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Wildlife News – May 31, 2017

Posted May 31, 2017



A quarter-million extra fish being stocked into Arizona waters through June

PHOENIX — With lakes around the state filled with water, the Arizona Game and Fish Department needed extra fish — and it got them. During the past week — in preparation for the Memorial Day weekend — AZGFD has been stocking an additional 20,000 trout and catfish into waters statewide. Through June, we’ll have stocked a quarter-million more rainbow trout, catfish, bass and sunfish statewide. Read more.

AZGFD accepting online applications for 2017 fall hunts

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is accepting online applications for 2017 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall bison and pheasant. All applications, whether online or paper, must be received by the department by 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, June 13. Read more

Arizona Game and Fish Department Director Larry D. Voyles to retire

PHOENIX — Arizona Game and Fish Department Director Larry D. Voyles announced he will retire from the state’s wildlife agency this summer. Director Voyles’ career with the department has spanned 43 years, the last eight as director. Read more.

Native fish project, 25 years in making, comes to fruition

PHOENIX — A long-planned multi-partner project stocked Gila topminnow into Arnett Creek as part of an effort to re-establish a population of these endangered fish. Habitat improvement and reintroductions, such as at Arnett Creek, are contributing to substantial, recent advances in the species’ recovery. Read more.

Arizona Game and Fish warns of increased urban wildlife sightings

TUCSON, Ariz. – After a wet winter and mild spring, Arizona has seen an increase in many wildlife populations. As summer approaches and dry conditions return statewide, several animals are instinctively moving closer to easy sources of food and water: wherever humans can be found. Read more

Nominations sought for Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame

PHOENIX — The Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation is soliciting nominations for this year’s inductees into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame. Read more

Endangered Gila topminnow to combat mosquitoes, West Nile and Zika in Pima County

PHOENIX — Pima County will have a new ally in the battle against mosquito-borne diseases this summer: endangered Gila topminnow. Read more

AZGFD develops draft proposed hunt guidelines

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is seeking public comment on draft proposed hunt guidelines for the 2018-19 through 2022-23 hunting seasons. Read more  

Live-streaming camera offers a glimpse into the lives of desert pupfish

PHOENIX — Those curious about the underwater lives of Arizona’s desert pupfish can tune in to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s newest wildlife live-streaming camera. Read more

Volunteers clean up popular dove hunting area

MESA, Ariz. — About 50 local hunters and members of Arizona Outdoor Sports, Inc., came out on April 29 to remove garbage and clean up a popular dove hunting area near Mesa. The group filled two dumpsters in just three hours of work. Read more