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Az researchers turn to dogs to better understand Valley fever

The Valley Fever Paws study is collecting data on breeds of dogs diagnosed with Valley fever or who were exposed to the fungus but not infected. Researchers hope the data will provide information not only on dogs, but how the disease affects people as well.... Read more»0

Arizona without saguaros? As climate warms, desert's future uncertain

Arizona in the year 2100: Drought, plant invaders pose threats; From pines to prairie? Forests susceptible to fire, beetles; Rising temperatures threaten cities' air quality along with water supplies... Read more»0

History shafted in Grand Canyon mines

Four miles down the Grandview Trail and over a half-mile below the rim of the Grand Canyon, there are many reminders of the miners that worked here at the turn of the 20th century. These remnants are now tougher for visitors to see, as the National Park Service just completed a project to close off several of the mines.... Read more»0

Feds propose listing two fish species as endangered

Federal authorities plan to designate nearly 800 miles of critical habitat for two threatened fish species in the Southwest, and change the status of the fish – the spikedace and loach minnow – from "threatened" to "endangered."... Read more»0

Small Tonto Forest fish barrier could have large impact on ecology

Non-native aquatic species such as crayfish, mosquitofish and bullfrogs may threaten the ecological balance in the Tonto National Forest, leading the Salt River Project to construct a barrier on Lime Creek to prevent them from traveling farther upstream.... Read more»0

Proposition 109

Foes of hunting rights measure call it a power grab

Advocates for those who hunt and fish say a ballot proposition that would establish a constitutional right to those sports in Arizona is long overdue. Opponents say amending the constitution would change the way officials can manage hunting and fishing.... Read more»0

By helicopter & horseback, officials round up dozens of wild burros

A roundup of wild burros in western Arizona aims to reduce an overpopulated herd that is trampling the landscape and endangering native wildlife and plants. ... Read more»3

Center for Biological Diversity

Wildlife group, utility at odds over rare loach minnow

A tiny fish and a utility company’s plan to repair a natural gas pipeline along an eastern Arizona river have the Center for Biological Diversity tangling with federal regulators.... Read more»0

Center for Biological Diversity

Wildlife groups slam EPA for not banning lead ammunition

The Environmental Protection Agency is shirking its responsibilities and contributing to the deaths of animals by failing to ban the use of lead-based ammunition, according to a coalition of wildlife advocacy groups.... Read more»1

Center for Biological Diversity

Tucson group makes industry of suing on behalf of wildlife

The Center for Biological Diversity has achieved a high profile in part through its litigation-based approach to conservation. Since July 1, it has filed 12 lawsuits to prevent development around the country that it contends would threaten various endangered species.... Read more»0

Alternative energy sites pose hazards for wildlife

With its sharp talons, powerful beak and 7-foot wingspan, the golden eagle is one of Arizona's fiercest and most imposing birds of prey. It's no match, however, for the rotating blades of turbines in wind farms. To address this problem, Arizona Game and Fish recently issued guidelines for developers planning wind farms and solar facilities.... Read more»0