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By Cheryl Hartz, Prescott Valley, AZ
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Blog: Arizona information on Pronghorns and AZGFD access map

 Cheryl Hartz

Pronghorn (not Sonoran) graze near Glassford Hill in Prescott Valley. Photo by Cheryl Hartz

Arizona Game & Fish Department recently launched a web-based mapping tool, "Recreational Access Arizona," providing important information about access to and through private lands. This can be helpful to any outdoor recreationist, and especially hunters and anglers who need to be aware of private land when they're using land-locked public sections.

The map shows boundaries of Game Management Units, where water catchments are, easements, locations of AZGFD offices, and even what wildlife is in each area. And, you can create your own map using topographic features, aerial images and even street maps.

A grant to Game and Fish from the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, a federal program authorized in the 2012 Farm Bill, made development and maintenance of this tool possible. The link is below.

Another interesting email I received recently was from the Center for Biological Diversity concerning Arizona's Sonoran Pronghorns.

The Endangered Species Coalition has listed the Sonoran Pronghorn, North America's fastest land animal, as one of the top 10 species in the country most at risk of extinction due to water shortage. The Coalition's report is called, "Water Woes: How Dams, Diversions, Dirty Water and Drought Put America's Wildlife at Risk." It names the Sonoran Desert as one of the regions most threatened by water shortage.

An estimated 500 Sonoran pronghorn survive in southwest Arizona and northern Mexico, with about 100 of those in Arizona. Federal and state managers often have to supply water during the driest months to keep the population from perishing.

Arizona's other pronghorn populations also are at risk, but more from the fragmenting of their territories. But that's a whole 'nother story, and gets into genetic diversity. You know - don't marry your sibling or your cousin.

Related Links:
• Arizona Game and Fish Department map

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012
Article comment by: Molly Bertch

What a fantastic shot of such beautiful animals! Keep up the good work!

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