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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»

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»

Acuña cactus stays on endangered list, SW willow flycatcher faces review

Federal officials Tuesday rejected a request to remove the acuña cactus from the endangered species list, but said they will give further consideration to a petition to delist the Southwestern willow flycatcher.... Read more»

Feds propose recovery plan for endangered Southwestern fish

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a recovery plan Tuesday for the endangered Gila chub that seeks to reduce threats from nonnative species and protect the fish’s degraded habitat in Arizona and New Mexico.... 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»

Exclusive: Tourists video Grand Canyon wolf

A pair of tourists from Virginia captured the female wolf roaming the North Rim last month — with their video camera. A cross-country road trip found the two with a rare sighting: a wolf trotting alongside their car as they left the Grand Canyon. Officials confirmed that the animal is that same wolf spotted by others in the area.... Read more»

Feds confirm gray wolf is roaming north of Grand Canyon

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials announced Friday that they've got the straight poop on an animal seen near the Grand Canyon, confirming that a gray wolf from the Northern Rockies is making a home near the North Rim. While biologists were unable to capture the wolf for testing, DNA analysis of the wolf's scat showed that she is a member of the endangered species. ... Read more»3

Feds OK capturing, testing possible endangered wolf near Grand Canyon

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an emergency permit Thursday allowing researchers to capture and conduct DNA testing on a creature seen near the Grand Canyon that resembles a gray wolf.... Read more»

Enviros: Gray wolf sighted near Grand Canyon

What appears to be a gray wolf was recently photographed roaming on Forest Service land near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in what would be the first wolf sighting at the park since the 1940s, the Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday.... Read more»

Feds label swath of S. Az as critical jaguar habitat

Nearly 1,200 square miles of Southern Arizona and New Mexico has been labeled as critical habitat for the endangered northern jaguar. Designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, the area covers mountain ranges throughout Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties as well as ranges in Hidalgo County, N.M.... Read more»

Feds turn down request to classify Phx palm trees as threatened

The federal government has rejected a request from an Arcadia-area homeowners association to classify the neighborhood’s black sphinx date palm trees as endangered.... Read more»

Embattled bald eagle pair breeds in man-made nest

The Arizona Game and Fish Department created two artificial eagle nests along the Verde River to replace an old nest in an effort to help baby eagles survive. Although this is not a permanent solution, it has allowed two nestlings to be raised to fledglings this year.... Read more»

Feds propose 1,200 sq. miles for jaguar habitat in S. Az

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that 838,000 acres near the U.S.-Mexico border be designated as critical habitat for jaguars. Most of the land is in Southern Arizona, including the area of the proposed Rosemont Mine.... Read more»