wildlife

Associated Press | Fernando Llano

Five gray wolf pups born at Mexico City’s Chapultepec Zoo are giving a boost to efforts to broaden the endangered species’ genetic diversity amid continuing efforts to reintroduce the animals to the wild decades after they were reduced to captive populations.

The pups’ father, Rhi, alerts them every midday to the delivery of breakfast, in the form of chicken and quail meat brought by zookeeper Jorge Gutiérrez, 58.

Ryan Hagerty / USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to expand the area available for black-footed ferret reintroductions throughout northern and southeastern Arizona as well as parts of New Mexico and Utah. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports on how the plan is meant to help the endangered animal.


NPS

National Park Service officials are calling for volunteers to assist with the lethal removal of bison from the Grand Canyon’s North Rim later this year. Officials say the growing herd often tramples water resources, vegetation and sensitive archaeological sites. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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The Arizona Game and Fish Department next week will continue an effort to bolster the state’s declining pronghorn population by lethally removing coyotes.

Arizona’s high country has seen some recent snowfall with more on the way. But much of the state remains in “exceptional” drought status. That’s been hard on wildlife. Natural ponds and stock tanks have dried up. A nonprofit group of hunters and conservationists is trying to help by refilling those watering holes for the benefit of elk and other animals. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with Steve Clark, executive director of the Arizona Elk Society, about the program.

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