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Video: Mountain lions in lair, raccoon outfoxes dinner plans

A trio of mountain lions frequenting a cave near Tucson, and a raccoon making off like a bandit with a bunny meant for a fox's dinner are featured in recent videos shot by a local big-game guide.... Read more»

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Woman dies on Picacho Peak hike

A 29-year-old Texas woman died while hiking on Picacho Peak on Wednesday. The tourist, who was with her fiancé' and became disoriented, appears to have died from heat-related causes.... Read more»

Taking a hike: Arizonans work out longer than people in most states

People in Arizona work out longer than those in almost any other state, according to an analysis of data from millions of users of a popular fitness app. Arizona ranked fifth among states, with an average weekly workout of 79 minutes. California was first, at 87.4 minutes per week on average, followed by Colorado, Washington and Oregon.... Read more»

1000px: Backyard bobcat

"Draw me ... like one of your French girls." The heat and humidity haven't just made humans languid; here's a young bobcat enjoying a late-afternoon nap Sunday in a backyard near River and Swan.... Read more»

Officials: Summer brings drowning risk to Az, despite longterm trend

Despite the state’s year-round warm weather, the majority of drownings in Arizona still take place in summer.... Read more»

Windy Point fall means chopper rescue for climber

A 32-year-old man who fell about 40 feet while climbing in the Catalina Mountains injured his back and need a lift from a police helicopter Monday morning, authorities said.... Read more»

Hunters to House: Don’t restrict sportsmen on federal lands

Sportsmen called on a House panel Wednesday to support a sweeping proposal that they said would guarantee hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting rights on federal lands for future generations. Critics say the bill would remove environmental protections to solve a problem the doesn’t exist.... Read more»

Snake oil? Experts say snakebite kits don't work, delay care

For those heading into rattlesnake territory, a snakebite kit – often featuring an illustration of a viper ready to strike – may seem to offer a measure of safety. But experts say they can do more harm than good. “If you’re snakebit and you’re relying on this to save your life, you’re wasting your time completely." ... Read more»

Wetter months mean more prey, but not necessarily more rattlesnakes

After seeing more rain than usual during the cooler months, Arizona has plenty of vegetation to feed the rodents and birds that rattlesnakes love to eat. But that doesn’t mean more rattlesnakes now that temperatures are warming up, experts say. That may happen in a couple years, but not until rattlesnakes fat and happy from plentiful food live to make baby rattlesnakes.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Kirkpatrick: Grand Canyon Watershed Nat'l Monument can work for everyone

Arizonans are a spirited, strong-willed bunch. But there is something we all agree on: From hikers to hunters, from tribal nations to tourism authorities – we love the Grand Canyon. This is why I am working on an effort to designate the Grand Canyon Watershed as a national monument.... Read more»

Nat'l parks need $11.5 billion in work; Grand Canyon high on list

The National Park Service said Monday that there’s close to $11.5 billion in deferred maintenance in the nation’s parks, more than $516 million of it due at facilities in Arizona. Most of the state’s amount was attributable to a backlog of projects at Grand Canyon National Park, which needs $329 million in improvements.... Read more»1

Bill puts destructive Grand Canyon bison in the cross hairs

Arizona lawmakers have a simple solution to the problem of bison that are overgrazing and damaging Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim area - hunting. They're backing bills to allow "skilled volunteers" to hunt bison in the normally hunting-free park and to keep their kill. ... Read more»

Quiet sadness for rodeo photogs this year

Rodeo photography is an experience difficult to describe. It's not the same as sitting in the stands, overlooking the arena at altitude. Photographers are ground-level, eye-to-eye with the livestock. It's dirty, a little dangerous, filled with nervous energy, and it's fun. There was a quiet sadness in the press room this year at the Fiesta de los Vaqueros. Without knowing that Louise Serpa was up in the stands with her camera, and without Will Seberger's wry humor down in the photo pit, it was difficult to get through the events. ... Read more»

Photos: Saturday's Tucson rodeo action

Saturday at the 90th Fiesta de los Vaqueros, cowboys and cowgirls put their horses and steers through their paces.... Read more»

90th annual rodeo parade to trot through South Side streets

For the 90th year, horses, wagons and bands will march, roll and clip-clop through Tucson's streets Thursday morning, marking the annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros. Thursday and Friday, local school districts and Pima Community College will be closed for Rodeo Break.... Read more»

Coronado National Forest will waive fees for Presidents Day weekend

The Coronado National Forest will waive day-use fees over the weekend to mark Presidents Day. ... Read more»

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