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County approves $1.5M partnership to sterilize, release feral cats

Pima County is instituting a “life-saving” trap-neuter-return program to address the problem of feral cats. The county euthanizes about 1,600 feral cats per year. A $1.5 million partnership was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.... Read more»1

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Poison center: Baby rattlesnakes are active, dangerous

Arizona rattlesnakes and their offspring are active and residents should be on the lookout for them over the next few weeks. Baby rattlesnakes, born in July and August, strike without warning and have enough venom to be a serious health hazard, authorities said.... Read more»

Last chance for input on Sabino Canyon plan

The U.S. Forest Service is asking for public input about new recreation plans at Sabino Canyon. The meeting will be held Tuesday at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center from 6-8 p.m.... Read more»

Experts: Water-safety message needs to reach all ages, all bodies of water

Gilbert dad Cody Thomson has a problem with pool-safety campaigns: the pool part. Thomson, whose then 6-year-old son, Brenan, drowned in a canal in 2011, said safety campaigns need to remind people that drownings and water-related injuries don’t only occur in pools.... Read more»

Endangered razorback sucker makes comeback

Researchers have found evidence that razorback suckers, once thought to have disappeared from the Grand Canyon, have moved upriver from Lake Mead and are reproducing in the canyon. The endangered fish was last seen in that part of the Colorado River in the 1990s.... Read more»

Poll: Hispanics overwhelmingly support conservation and tourism

A new survey claims that Latino voters in Western states believe the government should protect public lands and they want to be consulted on land-policy issues. Pollsters attributed that sentiment to the generations-long ties many Hispanic families have to the region... Read more»

Chopper rescues mother, 3 children from Mt. Lemmon hike

A mother and her three children were rescued by helicopter from Mount Lemmon on Sunday after suffering minor injuries and running out of water.... Read more»

Fire restrictions in force for Southern Az

Starting Thursday, campers across Southern Arizona will face new fire restrictions at campgrounds due to dry weather.... Read more»

Fires restricted in Coronado Nat'l Forest

Planning on hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend? If you are going camping or celebrating with a cookout, the Forest Service wants you to be aware of fire restrictions.... Read more»

Sabino Canyon asks for public input on recreation plans

The U.S. Forest Service is asking for public input about new recreation plans at Sabino Canyon. The meeting will be held Thursday at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center from 6-8 p.m.... Read more»

Advocates urge banning ATVs from roads, citing crash hazards

A leading consumer group is warning that the increasing use of all-terrain vehicles on the nation’s roads poses a “growing public health crisis” and is calling for immediate action by U.S., state and local officials.... Read more»1

Video: Lion, bears & more at Catalina Mtn. spring

A recently shot video shows a mountain lion, black bear, a family of Coues deer, a coatimundi and other animals enjoying a natural spring in the Catalina Mountains. Watch as the bear wallows in the cool water, and catch a snippet of a bear-rattlesnake standoff.... Read more»2

Despite high death toll, push is on to open more public roads to ATVs

ATV tragedies – on roadways, rather than trails — are widespread and have increased in recent years. Nevertheless, a push is under way in states, counties and towns across the country to open more roads to ATVs.... Read more»

Rattlesnakes buzzing in backyards after mild winter

Arizonans can expect to see an earlier start to rattlesnakes season after a mild winter. Keeping safe is as easy as staying on trails and being careful while doing yard work.... Read more»

Gov't shutdown cost Az national parks $27 million

The one-month drop in spending was the second-largest in the nation, trailing only California, the National Park Service said. Most of the decline came from the Grand Canyon, which saw spending fall $17 million in October compared to the same month in previous years.... Read more»1

BP, rangers rescue injured hiker

A hiker lost near Arch Canyon in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was rescued by Border Patrol and National Park Service Rangers on Saturday.... Read more»

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