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Wildlife News: Sept. 9, 2019

Posted September 9, 2019


Gates at abandoned mines protect bat colonies, public safety

The sun is already baking off what’s left of the warm morning air, when Arizona Game and Fish bat biologist Joel Diamond carefully walks to the edge of a loose mound of gravel, and tosses a rock into the abandoned mineshaft below. Read more


Woodbury Fire: What was its impact on wildlife?

The Woodbury Fire burned nearly 124,000 acres, much of it in the Superstition Wilderness Area, from early June through mid-July. Because of the popularity of this area among hikers, hunters and wildlife watchers, many people are asking, what damage did the fire do to landscapes and habitat? What impact did the fire have on wildlife? Read more


As temperatures climb, 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 more than 1.5 million gallons of precious water to catchments throughout the state since January 2018. And trail cameras tell the tale of this important work with footage of elk, deer, bighorn sheep and countless other species leaning over for a refreshing drink at one of 3,000 catchments maintained by the department. Read more


Public invited to release of endangered California condors on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

This year has proven exciting for California Condors in Arizona and Utah with the milestone hatching of the 1,000th condor at Zion National Park, but the excitement is far from over as the 23rd annual public condor release is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28. The public is invited to join the recovery effort by witnessing first-hand a spectacular release into the wild of several captive-bred young condors on National Public Lands Day. Read more


AZGFD asks hunters to help keep Chronic Wasting Disease at bay

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking hunters to continue doing their part to help keep Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a neurodegenerative wildlife disease that is fatal to deer and elk, at bay. With the start of big game hunts right around the corner, all successful deer and elk hunters are encouraged to bring the head of their harvested animal — especially bucks and bulls — to any department office statewide between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The preferred method for delivery is to place the head in a heavy-duty plastic trash bag, and keep it cool and out of the sun. Read more


Small game, big fun: AZGFD invites hunters to take Arizona Small Game Challenge

Up for a challenge? The Arizona Game and Fish Department is now accepting registration for the annual Arizona Small Game Challenge, created in partnership with the Valley of the Sun Chapter of Quail Forever for hunters to experience the state’s abundance of small game hunting opportunities. Read more


Get ready for hunting seasons with a free AZGFD portal account

​​​​​​​As the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) prepares to open the 2020 spring draw for turkey, javelina, bison and bear, hunters are encouraged to create a free AZGFD portal account. A portal account gives customers the flexibility and security to manage and view their license history, draw applications and bonus points in their personal “My AZGFD Dashboard” section. It’s also a mobile-friendly, convenient way to access the online license purchase and hunt draw application systems. Read more


Game and Fish Commission to meet Sept. 20 in Greer

​​​​​​​The next meeting of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be Friday, Sept. 20, at the Greer Community Center, 74 Main St., Greer. See agenda