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Ariz. bills target federal wolf-recovery program

Ariz. bills target federal wolf-recovery program

PHOENIX — Arizona Republicans who say the federal government is overstepping its boundaries are targeting a gray-wolf recovery program with bills that allow livestock owners to shoot the wolves while also directing the Legislature to consider banning conservation efforts.

March 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Unearthing a fossil haven

Unearthing a fossil haven

Paleontologist Kim Scott with Cogstone Resource Management holds a fossilized mussel shell unearthed while construction crews dig a 70-foot exploratory shaft in preparation for a future subway extension in Los Angeles on March 7, 2014. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

March 15, 2014 5:02 pm
Sara Dent: Restrictions on puppy sales will protect city' animals

Sara Dent: Restrictions on puppy sales will protect city' animals

Puppy mills and backyard breeders are operations that emphasize profit above animal welfare. While there is no official definition, in a 1984 legal decision, the term “puppy mill” was defined as “a dog-breeding operation in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a l…

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2 bighorn lambs spotted in Santa Catalina Mountains

2 bighorn lambs spotted in Santa Catalina Mountains

Two apparently healthy lambs have been born to bighorn sheep that were released in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson last November, state wildlife officials reported Wednesday.

February 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Pusch Ridge bighorn sheep and people: a bad combination

Pusch Ridge bighorn sheep and people: a bad combination

More than two decades ago I provided the Pima County Board of Supervisors with testimony regarding desert bighorn sheep on Pusch Ridge in the Catalina Mountains.

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Paton's Birder Haven to be sold

Paton's Birder Haven to be sold

A residence in Patagonia — where bird-watchers have come for decades to spot species such as the sought-after violet-crowned hummingbird in the backyard — will be sold by the owners and managed by the Tucson Audubon Society.

December 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Coastal bird makes rare appearance at Patagonia Lake

Coastal bird makes rare appearance at Patagonia Lake

A wayward seabird with a quirky name — the blue-footed booby — has flown far from its domain along the Gulf of California and settled for the past couple of weeks at Patagonia Lake, northeast of Nogales.

August 30, 2013 3:30 pmLoading…

Endangered crocodiles hatch at Ariz. sanctuary

Three endangered crocodiles have hatched at a Scottsdale reptile sanctuary.

August 25, 2013 1:48 pmLoading…
Fitz Blog: Mountain Lions retire

Fitz Blog: Mountain Lions retire

     The Desert Museum is retiring two arthritic cougars. According to a Desert Museum spokesman,” Madeline Stover was an excellent docent and and Stanley Melrose ran the ice cream concession for 26-years.” Meanwhile two retiring mountain lions will be relocated and released in the wilds of …

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New photos of jaguar taken SE of Tucson released by feds

New photos of jaguar taken SE of Tucson released by feds

Four photos of a jaguar roaming southeast of Tucson in the northern Santa Rita Mountains and one photo of an ocelot in the Huachuca Mountains were released today by the federal government.

December 20, 2012 4:06 pmLoading…

Pets killed in Tucson house fire

Several pets died in a house fire Wednesday evening that was started by a stick of burning incense left unattended.

November 08, 2012 8:31 am
Rattler, Gila Monster rustler gets probation

Rattler, Gila Monster rustler gets probation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama man has been sentenced for the illegal possession, transportation and sale of protected reptiles he captured in Arizona.

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Feds: Mexican gray wolves not subspecies

Feds: Mexican gray wolves not subspecies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Environmentalists are blasting a federal government decision not to list the Mexican gray wolf as a separate subspecies under the Endangered Species Act.

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Experts: S. Ariz. tail photo likely jaguar, though debate continues

Experts: S. Ariz. tail photo likely jaguar, though debate continues

Arizona game officials are consulting with seven outside experts to determine if a photo recently submitted by a hunter shows the tail of a jaguar or an ocelot sighted southeast of Tucson.

October 04, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Did photo in Tucson capture tail of ocelot or jaguar?

Did photo in Tucson capture tail of ocelot or jaguar?

Arizona Game and Fish officials are analyzing a recent trail camera photo of either a jaguar or ocelot sighted southeast of Tucson.

October 03, 2012 9:02 am Photos

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Black-tailed prairie dogs moved to new digs

Black-tailed prairie dogs moved to new digs

A colony of black-tailed prairie dogs moved into new digs Monday as part of an Arizona Game and Fish Department program to re-establish the once-native species to its historic range.

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Arizona Game and Fish: Find a turtle, don’t pick it up

Arizona Game and Fish: Find a turtle, don’t pick it up

Do not touch the turtles!

September 25, 2012 1:03 pmLoading…

Zoo panda cub that died had liver abnormalities

WASHINGTON — The 6-day-old giant panda cub that died at the National Zoo had liver abnormalities and fluid in its abdomen, but zoo officials said Monday that they don’t yet know the cause of death.

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Tucson’s Giant George unseated as world’s tallest dog

Tucson’s Giant George unseated as world’s tallest dog

A Great Dane from Michigan is doggone tall.

September 13, 2012 11:02 amLoading…

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