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‘Robot fish’ helping officials determine when, how to stock

Arizona Game and Fish Department equips rainbow trout with dime-sized radio transmitters and identification tags as part of a program to study how far stocked fish range and collect other data.... Read more»

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Arizona nat'l park attendance drops 20% since 1990

Attendance at Arizona national parks has declined by almost 20 percent– from 20.37 million to 16.66 million – over the past 24 years. Sunset Crater’s decline has exceeded 60 percent during that period.... Read more»

Game and Fish: Fewer condors with lead poisoning

Fewer California condors were treated for lead poisoning over a one-year period ending in August. While the reason isn’t clear, a state wildlife official said may have to do with more hunters in Arizona and particularly Utah taking steps to keep lead out of the environment.... Read more»

New state law allows transfer of big-game tags to disabled vets

Dale Lewis. a 69-year-old Vietnam veteran with heart problems, was able to experience the adrenaline of hunting once more with a big-game tag donated under a new state law created to help veterans disabled during their service.... Read more»

Poll: Western voters oppose giving federal lands to states

A poll says 52 percent of voters in eight Western states don’t think federal lands should be shifted to state control. An Arizona bill to do that was vetoed in 2012, but Utah law calls on the federal government to cede lands there by Dec. 31. Few expect that to happen.... Read more»2

Bag limit increased for Az dove-hunting season

Dove hunting season is here, and the Arizona Game and Fish Commission has raised the daily limit from 10 to 15. Early next year minors will be allowed to take the same number of doves as adults. An environmental group says hunters are treating the birds as “cheap skeet.”... Read more»

Feds order 6 state plants to cut emissions, clear nat'l park skies

The EPA set new limits Wednesday on emissions from six Arizona industrial facilities in order to reduce haze at 17 national parks and wilderness areas in the Southwest, including the Grand Canyon.... Read more»1

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

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»

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