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Another new jaguar spotted in S. Arizona mountains

A previously unknown jaguar is prowling the mountains of Southern Arizona, officials confirmed — the second documented within months and the third photographed here since 2012. The big cat was photographed by a trail camera in November in the Dos Cabezas Mountains, about 60 miles north of the border.... Read more»

El Jefe: Jaguar missing in action?

El Jefe, Tucson’s lone male jaguar, caught the attention of Arizonans while residing in a tree in Southeastern Arizona. But it’s been a year since trail cameras caught footage of the wandering jaguar.... Read more»

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Border Patrol recruits: Wild horses, tamed by prisoners

Long before the desert sun has had a chance to heat the dusty prison yard, some 20 inmates at an Arizona state prison begin quietly tending horses. Both the men and the horses are still learning how to live behind fences. Prisoners in the Wild Horse Inmate Program train mustangs that will eventually be adopted by the Border Patrol.... Read more»

San Carlos Apache, environmentalists battle Oak Flat copper mine bid

Oak Flat in Eastern Arizona lies in the midst of an environmental and economic controversy. The San Carlos Apache revere the federally owned land. Environmentalists consider it a sanctuary. Climbers, hikers and campers gravitate there for recreation. And Resolution Copper covets the rich veins of ore running beneath the surface.... Read more»

Tribes, Grijalva lead move to conserve Gila River land

Native American tribal leaders, archaeologists and Congressman Raúl Grijalva are seeking to designate more than 84,000 acres curving along the Gila River as a national monument.... Read more»

Can birth control reduce Arizona’s wild burro population?

The more than 400 wild burros that are an economic boon for the small town of Oatman are considered an over-populated nuisance by some in western Arizona. The animals are a danger along roadways, and compete with native wild animals for food. The BLM is experimenting with birth control to manage the herds.... Read more»

Feds, county officials meet to discuss wild burro 'problem' in Arizona

After face-to-face meetings in Washington this week, officials agreed that “there is a problem” with overpopulation of wild burros in Arizona’s western counties and that something needs to be done.... Read more»

Plan allowing shooting in Sonoran Desert Nat'l Monument advances

Federal officials are moving forward with a proposal to allow target shooting on more than 470,000 acres of the Sonoran Desert National Monument – a stark change from a 2012 plan that would have limited shooting to just 84 acres. ... Read more»

Groups to feds: Tighten mining rules in light of Colorado spill

Citing the release of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a southwestern Colorado river earlier this month, a coalition of conservation groups, two Native American tribes and two county governments in Arizona petitioned federal agencies Tuesday to tighten mining regulation on public lands.... Read more»

Hold your horses: Planned Tonto Forest roundup delayed to September

The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday it has put a planned roundup of up to 100 horses in the Tonto National Forest on hold until September, when Congress returns from recess.... Read more»

Feds approve 25-year extension for mining, burning coal at Navajo plant

Federal officials approved a multi-year deal last week to allow expanded mining of coal on Navajo lands and continued burning of it at the nearby Four Corners Power Plant, along with other measures.... Read more»6

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»

Enviros ‘auction’ Grand Canyon to illustrate threat to public lands

A conservation group held a mock “auction” of the Grand Canyon Wednesday to illustrate what they said could happen if Congress strips the president’s authority to identify and protect national monuments.... Read more»

State officials urge Congress to continue aid to counties with large federal lands

Local leaders from Arizona and other states urged Congress to safeguard the payment in lieu of taxes, which reimburses counties for untaxable federal land and is vital to county budgets. ... Read more»

Attorneys spar over withdrawing Grand Canyon-area land from uranium mining

A lawyer representing the Havasupai Tribe and environmental groups says the decision to withdraw 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon from new uranium-mining claims for 20 years will protect cultural and natural resources. Mining groups say the move interferes with their rights. ... Read more»

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