AZGFD releases Top-5 family camping and fishing spots for August

What makes for good camping and fishing during triple-digit months of desert sweat? Escaping to the high country for stocked or self-sustaining fish, quality camping amenities, and scenery that’s as cool as the air temps. The Arizona Game and Fish Department has released its list of Top 5 camping and fishing locations for families. Fire […]

AZGFD: Monsoon moisture brings increased exposure to insect-borne diseases

Weather forecasts show that a resurgence of Arizona’s monsoons could be on the horizon and while moisture may be on the increase, so will the possibility of insect-borne diseases that can impact people, pets and wildlife. Earlier July, a dead prairie dog tested positive for plague in Coconino and Maricopa Counties Vector Control officials detected […]

Beware of animals crossing roads as crashes spike in June

Beware of hitting wildlife crossing roads when traveling up north as animal-related crashes spike in June. The Arizona Department of Transportation’s Traffic Operations Center often receives “car versus deer” traffic calls during this time of year as it’s not uncommon for vehicle crashes with deer, antelope, elk, bear and other animals during a single evening […]

Outdoor decorations may attract four-legged ‘treaters’ this Halloween

Public asked to help keep wildlife wild by putting edible holiday decorations indoors Halloween is on the horizon and soon those carefully carved pumpkins sitting outside may be attracting some unwanted trick-or-treaters – hungry wildlife looking for an easy meal. As such, the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds area residents to be aware that […]

Hunters, save that tracking collar, Arizona Game and Fish says

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is encouraging hunters who harvest a big game animal affixed with a GPS or VHF tracking collar to return that collar undamaged to any department office statewide. While harvesting a collared animal is legal, Arizona Game and Fish asks hunters to refrain from cutting, damaging or otherwise destroying any portion of […]

Elevated levels of mercury in some Bartlett Lake fish, ADEQ says

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, in association with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, has issued a fish consumption advisory recommending that people limit consumption of channel catfish and largemouth bass caught from Bartlett Lake in Maricopa County. ADEQ is issuing this advisory because recent fish tissue samples from Bartlett Lake contained elevated levels of mercury. The lake is at 20808 E, Bartlett Dam Road in Rio Verde.