A new group — Friends of Wild Animals — has been formed in Tucson to protest developments in a recent bighorn sheep reintroduction near the city and voice opposition to the closure of meetings on the project by state wildlife officials.
The reintroduction of bighorn sheep to the Catalina Mountains has gotten off to a deadly and controversial start — with two bighorns killed by mountain lions, two predatory lions killed by state-sponsored hunters and many citizens voicing scathing criticisms of the project.
Bighorn sheep and mountain lions are dying in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson as a result of a “transplant” of 31 sheep into the range last month.
Bighorn sheep are roaming wild in the Catalina Mountains once more.
YUMA — Wildlife officers — swooping out of the sky in helicopters and wielding net guns — snared fleet bighorn sheep in rugged mountains northeast of here Saturday.
Drive north of Tucson into Oro Valley, pull over, and peer up at rugged Pusch Ridge towering above you to the east: What you’re seeing is the past and future home of a free-roaming herd of bighorn sheep.
When the news came out that bighorn sheep will be reintroduced to the Santa Catalinas, suspicions quickly arose: They must be doing it so hunters can kill the sheep.
You could imagine the eye rolls around Tucson when it emerged June 7 that Arizona Game and Fish may end up killing some mountain lions in order to repopulate the Catalinas with bighorn sheep.
A mountain lion stays close to its deer kill in Sabino Canyon. Lions who prey on bighorn sheep will be killed, state wildlife officials say.
A pair of bighorn sheep pause on a ridge overlooking Oro Valley. A herd of bighorn sheep, which died out in the late 1990s, will be brought back to the Pusch Ridge area in November.
An already "robust" population of mountain lions in the Catalina Mountains appears to be increasing - and that could pose a threat to a planned reintroduction of bighorn sheep in the range this fall.
Wonderlands of natural beauty and adventure await in the mountains and deserts around Tucson - but so do potential dangers.
These two mountain lions came to the Desert Museum in 1999 as orphans. At about 13 years of age, they have become arthritic and have difficulty negotiating steep slopes in the regular mountain lion exhibit.
Two aging, arthritic mountain lions have been retired from exhibit at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - and a mountain lion cub will go on exhibit in their place today.
A herd of more than 100 bighorn sheep once roamed the Catalina Mountains, and animals were often seen in the vicinity of Pusch Ridge on the western edge of the range. The herd died out about a decade ago. Transplanted animals could replace it.
Bighorn sheep could once more roam the Catalina Mountains - possibly as soon as this fall.
This javelina - a wild desert animal in the pig family - was attracted to a residential area by birdseed left outside. Javelinas are ornery and can bite people; it's not an animal you want to attract.
After receiving reports of javelina sightings possibly related to people feeding wildlife in Green Valley recently, the Arizona Game and Fish Department wants to remind residents that feeding wildlife is not only illegal but can also compromise the safety of people and pets.
At CDO, the Mountains Lions (2-0) took a 21-0 lead early in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by Richie Estrada, his second of the game. Mountain View rushed for 228 total yards while holding CDO (0-2) to only 50.