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Paws on the ground: Mexican gray wolf numbers rise, but long-term viability still a concern

The Mexican gray wolf population grew by 14 last year, which conservationists are happy about but not so happy they think the animal's long-term prospects are secure.... Read more»

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Don Diamond helped end the battles he long fought

Much has been written about how developer Don Diamond — who died this week — fought to defeat environmentalists in the growth war, but we should also take this occasion to remember how he put an end to that conflict.... Read more»1

Yuma mural highlights endangered pronghorn and marsh bird unique to the Southwest

The fastest land mammal in North America and a large-footed marsh bird in the Southwest have been listed as endangered for more than half a century and artists in Yuma want to let people know how their existence is threatened.... Read more»

Bald eagle web cam at Lake Pleasant captures real-time drama of survival

Laying eggs, killer ravens and awaiting hatching are all there for the binge watching of eagles' nest at Lake Pleasant.... Read more»

Supreme Court limits ability to designate endangered species habitat

The Supreme Court made it harder Tuesday for the government to designate critical habitat for endangered species, in a ruling that logging giant Weyerhaeuser and business and property rights groups said corrects bureaucratic overreach.... Read more»

‘Our fish’: Dedicated biologists scour Colorado River to help endangered species survive

Since 1988, recovery programs for endangered Colorado River fish have cost hundreds of millions of dollars, funded by a mix of hydropower revenues and the Interior Department. Biologists say the effort is beginning to pay off.... Read more»

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CD2 debate decoded: Why have debates like this?

Put two candidates in a room and let them go at it. It would have made the Kirkpatrick-Peterson debate a lot more interesting and required less work from me to snarkily translate.... Read more»1

Federal judge rejects enviro lawsuit over border wall

In a 101-page decision, a judge who was derided by Trump because of his Mexican heritage ruled that Homeland Security could waive environmental laws and continue construction of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

Passage prevented: How Trump’s border wall will harm Arizona wildlife

President Trump wants to stop illegal immigration with a "big beautiful" wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but experts agree it would harm the ecology of one of the most biodiverse regions of North America.... Read more»

How a math formula could decide fate of endangered U.S. species

The Trump administration is considering a proposal that could effectively let some plants and animals become extinct so cash-strapped agencies can use more of their funds to save others. Buy to opponents, conservation triage is an impractical and immoral policy that effectively allows bureaucrats to play God.... Read more»

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Pima County's nat'l monuments should be safe from Trump's wrath

President Trump has included two sites in Pima County in a potential roll-back of national monuments across the country. But our Southern Arizona monuments aren't just good for the environment. They're good for business and not just the soy-based, eco-tourism business. There's a damned fine reason for the blade-and-grade types to keep things just as they are. ... Read more»1

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Open space bonds: An unnecessary good

Answering the question, "Are the open space bonds necessary?," requires a bit of storytelling about a bygone era. For all the complaining done about local government in Pima County, the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan was the high-water mark for community-based compromise that led to a policy that works for parties traditionally at each other's jugulars.... Read more»2

Reintroduced Mexican gray wolves top 100 for first time

From the 1970s until 1998, not a single Mexican gray wolf roamed the Southwest. Now there are more 100 of them in Arizona and New Mexico, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday.... Read more»

Feds confirm Grand Canyon wolf shot in December

The wolf shot and killed by a hunter in Utah in late December was the same animal who had been spotted near the Grand Canyon — the first wolf seen in that part of Northern Arizona in 70 years. Federal officials announced the results of genetic testing Wednesday.... Read more»

Grand Canyon wolf may have been shot in Utah

A hunter in Utah shot and killed a wolf in Utah on Sunday, and has said he mistook the animal for a coyote. The canine may be the female wolf recently spotted near the Grand Canyon — the first wolf seen in that part of Northern Arizona in 70 years.... Read more»2

Green groups sue feds over pygmy owl

Two environmental groups — Defenders of Wildlife and the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity — filed a lawsuit Tuesday aimed at forcing the federal government to protect Arizona’s diminishing cactus ferruginous pygmy owl population under the Endangered Species Act.... Read more»

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