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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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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»

In a hole: Az officials lack funds to find, secure at least 100,000 abandoned mines

Potentially thousands of people – often spurred by curiosity, greed or dumb luck – seek out or stumble into one of thousands Arizona’s of mines abandoned by long-dead prospectors and hidden in the desert. ... Read more»

100,000 abandoned mines create challenge for Arizona's 2 inspectors

Arizona likely has more abandoned mines than any other state in the country. It's two men's job to find them all.... Read more»

Forest Service under fire for cutting old-growth trees in eastern Az

The decision to cut more than 1,300 old-growth trees last summer in an Arizona forest has been criticized for breaking trust with the thinning project’s backers.... Read more»

Hunters help safeguard Arizona’s deer & elk from chronic wasting disease

Hunters are on the front line of Arizona’s efforts to keep chronic wasting disease at bay now that it is popping up in other states. ... Read more»

Az wildlife managers rely on public to help stop poaching

Because of negative effects poaching can have on wildlife management – and the multimillion-dollar economic impact hunting has on the state – Arizona Game & Fish is emphasizing catching poachers. ... Read more»

Potentially rabid fox nearly bites Saguaro East hiker

A hiker in Saguaro National Park was nearly bitten on the leg by a suspected rabid fox on Wednesday afternoon, officials said — the second encounter between a possibly rabid animal and a hiker in the park this year.... Read more»

Bats doing well in Az, despite being battered by disease elsewhere

The state’s climate appears to have helped hold off, for now, a disease that has afflicted bats during hibernation in at least half of the country.... Read more»

Enviro suit: Rosemont Mine would destroy jaguar habitat

Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity filed suit Monday, charging that the Trump administration violated federal rules when considering the environmental effects of an open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains about 30 miles southeast of Tucson. ... Read more»

Just 100 left: Az turtle listed as endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the designation Wednesday, citing threats from climate change to loss of habitat for the southern Arizona animal, whose numbers are believed to have dwindled to as low as 100 turtles.... Read more»

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»

State officials warn of mercury levels in fishing areas

Arizona environmental officials on Wednesday warned visitors and residents to only eat limited amounts of certain kinds of fish contaminated with mercury found in three fishing areas in the state, adding to a growing list of advisories against fish consumption in lakes and streams.... 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»

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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