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Video: Wild jaguar 'Sombra' seen again in S. Az mountains, confirmed to be male

Video of a endangered wild jaguar released Thursday shows a big cat that was first photographed by a trail camera late last year. Dubbed "Sombra" by Tucson schoolkids, the jaguar was captured on tape in the Chiricahua Mountains. Later in the day, officials announced the cat is a male.... Read more»

Photos: DACA protesters at Tucson City Hall

A day after the Trump administration announced the wind-down of DACA, hundreds of people rallied here to show their support for the program, and shouted down Mayor Jonathan Rothschild with calls for Tucson to become a "sanctuary city." ... Read more»

County board told: No 'censure' of Miller over 'proud to be white' comment

The rest of the county board isn't able to vote on any sort of discipline over Supervisor Ally Miller's remarks last month about racial pride, according to confidential legal advice released Tuesday. But that didn't preclude members of the public from calling on the District 1 Republican to resign, or at least apologize.... Read more»

Dry conditions in prime Southern Arizona for ‘dangerous’ wildfire season

Southern Arizona is looking at a “very dangerous” wildfire season with a “tremendous amount of fire” after a spring of record dryness and above-average temperatures, fire officials say.... Read more»

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

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