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Authorities in Prescott are warning the public of an aggressive coyote who reportedly attacked at least four people in the Prescott Lakes Subdivision. City officials say police were called to the area after a woman was bitten by the coyote while walking her dog. She was treated for minor injuries and possible rabies exposure. Police learned at least three other residents in the vicinity also came in contact with an animal believed to be the same coyote. The Arizona Game and Fish Department sent officers to the neighborhood but have yet to locate the animal.

Earth Notes: mule deer fall migration

Oct 6, 2021
Arizona Game and Fish Department/George Andrejko

It’s fall and mule deer are on the move from summer to winter range on the Colorado Plateau.  These large charismatic mammals are faithful to fixed routes during their seasonal travels.  And it turns out a few are doing marathon migrations.  

In 2008, biologists with the Arizona Game and Fish Department started a tracking project to see how deer could navigate hazards along their set routes--especially crossing busy Highway 64 between the San Francisco Peaks and the Grand Canyon.

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.

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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.


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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.

In autumn swarms of flying insects cloud the skies on the lower Colorado River near Bullhead City. Caddisflies are a nuisance to recreationists who want to boat, swim or fish on the river. So city officials have started an unprecedented experiment to get rid of them. They recently tweaked the operation of Davis Dam to lower the river’s level and try to kill off the bugs. But just three hundred miles upriver another first-of-its-kind experiment is happening at Glen Canyon Dam, with the goal of SAVING caddisflies, not killing them. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports on how the Southwest’s largest river ended up in a tug-of-war over a tiny bug.


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The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the National Park Service have reached a deal to reduce the number of bison near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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A record number of captive-born wolf pups has been placed into the wild as part of an effort by federal and state wildlife managers to boost the genetic diversity among Mexican gray wolves in the Southwestern U.S.

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