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Wildlife News: Oct. 29, 2019

Posted October 29, 2019


Halloween decorations may attract wildlife 

The Halloween season is upon us and those carefully carved pumpkins sitting outside may be attracting some unwanted trick-or-treaters: hungry javelina and other wildlife looking for an easy meal. Read more

Bat-ter up! Bat Week celebrates Arizona’s creatures of the night

Bats get a bad rap. To some, they’re creepy flyers of the night, waiting to swoop from the skies and scare unsuspecting people out for an evening stroll. Little do they know that bats are essential to Arizona’s ecosystems and agricultural economy, eating millions of insects nightly each summer, while others are important pollinators, feeding on nectar, pollen and flowering desert plants. The Arizona Game and Fish Department aims to change that stigma during Bat Week, an international celebration that runs from Oct. 24 to 31 to recognize the important role bats play in nature. Read more

Quail outlook: All signs point to better season in 2019-20 

Truth be told, Arizona’s quail hunters are also weather wonks — always checking the forecasts, particularly during the winter months, their fingers crossed that the wet stuff is on the way. After all, good doses of timely precipitation that time of year are what give the state’s Gambel’s and scaled quail populations a much-needed boost, which usually points to better hunting in the fall. Read more 

Dozens of desert tortoises need forever homes

For some, a dog or cat will do just fine. But for others who are considering adopting something uniquely Arizona, say hello to your next family member: a captive Sonoran desert tortoise. Read more

Arizonans honored by Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) recently recognized three individuals from Arizona, as well as the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), for their dedication to advancing wildlife conservation. The awards were presented at the association’s annual awards ceremony Sept. 24 in St. Paul, Minn. Read more

Canyon Coolers offer: 10% discount to you, 10% to help Arizona’s wildlife

Join Canyon Coolers in supporting the 800-plus species of wildlife that call Arizona home. Now through Nov. 22, click here to automatically apply the discount code “CONSERVE” at and you’ll get 10 percent off and a free copper tumbler (while supplies last). Plus, Canyon Coolers will donate 10 percent of your total purchase price to the Arizona Game and Fish Department to support wildlife conservation. Read more

Wildlife managers seek information about white-tailed doe illegally killed northeast of Superior

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking information regarding the poaching of a white-tailed doe in early October east of Superior in Game Management Unit 24B. The doe was discovered Oct. 6 by a hunter who was out on Forest Road 342 preparing for an upcoming hunt. The doe was lying in Trail Tank, just north of the Silver King SRP power station. Read more

Update: Alamo Lake main ramp scheduled to close Nov. 30-mid Dec.

Arizona State Parks now plans to close the main boat ramp at Alamo Lake Nov. 30-mid Dec. Dates are subject to change. Read more