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Unlikely allies Grijalva, Bishop back bill to fund $11.6 billion in national parks work

Raul Grijalva and Rob Bishop agree on almost nothing, but the two came together Wednesday to back a bipartisan bill that could steer billions toward a national parks maintenance backlog that reached $11.6 billion last year.... Read more»

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Court rejects bid to declare Sonoran Desert bald eagle endangered

A federal court has rejected a bid to declare the Sonoran Desert bald eagle an endangered species, saying the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted properly when it determined the birds were no different than other bald eagles.... Read more»

Feds post plan for endangered Pima cactus, but recovery still a long way off

After 24 years of waiting, is the Pima pineapple cactus finally having its day in the sun? The Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft recovery plan for the cactus that has been on the endangered species list since 1993. ... Read more»

Feds remove Hualapai Mexican vole from endangered species list

Federal officials said Friday they will remove the Hualapai Mexican vole from the endangered species list after 30 years, a move that one environmental group criticized as “premature” for an animal it says could still be at risk.... Read more»

Mud turtle creeps toward endangered status as springsnail outlook improves

Federal officials denied endangered status to a southern Arizona snail Wednesday after unexpectedly finding far more than were thought to exist, but moved to protect what one advocate called the “very imperiled” Sonoyta mud turtle.... Read more»

Protect wolves or hunt them? Western states are in the crosshairs

As gray wolves multiply and come off endangered species lists in Western states, a new problem has emerged: Packs of wolves are harassing ranchers, their sheep and cattle. And states are trying to walk the line between the ranchers, who view the animals as an economic and physical menace, and environmentalists, who see their reintroduction as a success story.... Read more»

Killing the San Pedro: Arizona's last free-flowing river at risk

A colossal proposed housing development in Benson threatens to deplete the San Pedro River and the local water supply within five years of completion.... Read more»1

Global warming, pesticides killing off monarch butterflies

Global warming and pesticide use are disrupting the monarch’s migration patterns through Arizona and destroying milkweeds, the food source for its young. The number of migrating monarchs has dropped by as much as 90 percent in two decades. Should they be declared an endangered species?... Read more»

At Fossil Creek, reservations may be required

Overwhelming crowds have caused Forest Rangers to enact an online reservation system to mitigate the safety hazards and environmental impact of heavy visitation at Fossil Creek.... Read more»

Feds propose adding two Arizona fish to threatened list

Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Tuesday listing two small species of Southwest fish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The proposal follows pressure from the Center for Biological Diversity, whose legal agreement with the federal agency hastened the designation of hundreds of imperiled species. ... Read more»

Feds: No endangered protection for Sonoran desert tortoise

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday removed the Sonoran desert tortoise from consideration for protection under the Endangered Species Act.... Read more»

State files motion to intervene in lawsuit over wolf recovery program

The state has filed a motion to involve itself in a lawsuit in which environmental groups allege that federal officials are failing to abide by the Endangered Species Act and environmental and administrative laws in a recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves.... Read more»

FactCheck: Harry Reid's 'bear facts'

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has said at least twice that climate change is causing bears in the Sierra Nevada mountains to change their hibernation patterns. There is no evidence that climate change is actually having such an effect.... Read more»

Safari Club that suspended lion-killing hunter donates to top politicians

A Tucson-based hunting club that suspended a Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has given money to the campaigns of numerous U.S. politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, a watchdog group's records show.... Read more»

Feds move Arizona toad toward endangered status, gray wolf the other way

The federal government moved the Arizona toad closer to endangered status this week while dimming hopes for the gray wolf, which moved a step closer to losing endangered species protection altogether.... Read more»

McCain: Reopening hatchery near Hoover Dam a boon to Mohave County

U.S. Sen. John McCain traveled to Bullhead City to see officials formalize an agreement to reopen the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery along the Colorado River. He and others say making sure Lake Mohave is stocked with rainbow trout is critical to the area’s economy. ... Read more»

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