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Public News Service - AZ: Animal Welfare

Bringing Jaguars Back to the U.S. Southwest (Defenders of Wildlife and the UCLA Dept. of Geography)

PHOENIX – Jaguars once roamed much of the southwest but now, there are only three thought to be living in the U.S., all in Arizona, according to a new report. The group Defenders of Wildlife has analyzed the Jaguar Draft Recovery Plan released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Decembe

A jaguar walks past a trail camera in the Dos Cabezas Mountains in November. (Bureau of Land Management)

PHOENIX - A new jaguar sighting in Arizona is raising lots of questions. It's the third big cat caught on camera prowling the state since 2012. The photo is little more than a glimpse, a partial image of a jaguar wandering the Dos Cabezas mountains, but it was enough for wildlife experts to know th

The California condor is one of 65 endangered species in Arizona. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

PHOENIX -- Conservation groups are vowing to intervene in a new lawsuit filed against the federal government by the attorneys general of 18 states, including Arizona. The suit seeks to invalidate some rules added to the Endangered Species Act by the Obama Administration. The rules limit developmen

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a long-term recovery plan for the endangered ocelot. (eli77/iStockphoto)

TUCSON, Ariz. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a recovery plan to restore and protect the endangered ocelot population, in both the U.S. and Mexico. Officials said they have only identified a handful of the rare cats remaining in limited areas of Arizona and Texas in recent years,

The Sierra Club is disputing the Arizona Game and Fish Departmentís claim that Grand Canyon uranium mining isnít harmful to the endangered California condor. (kojohirano/iStockphoto)

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — The State of Arizona is demanding that the Sierra Club retract claims that California condors face danger from expanded uranium mining near the Grand Canyon. In a fundraising letter to supporters, Sierra Club National Executive Director Michael Brune said that expanding

USDA inspectors found numerous small animals, often diseased or dead, kept in filthy cages at the Holmes Farm facility in Pennsylvania in January. (PETA photo)

PHOENIX - An animal-rights group is demanding that an Arizona-based pet supply chain, PetSmart, stop selling animals obtained from a breeding farm that is under federal investigation for cruelty. A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report released last week found numerous violations of federal

Conservation groups such as the Defenders of Wildlife are concerned about a lack of progress in reintroducing the endangered Mexican gray wolf into the wild. (JimClark/USFWS)

TUCSON, Ariz. - It has been 40 years today since the Mexican gray wolf was listed as an endangered species, but conservationists are concerned about what they see as a serious lack of progress in reintroducing the animal into the wild. In 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service counted only 97 lobo

The Arizona Game and Fish Department says the stateís estimated population of 25-hundred to three-thousand mountain lions is not endangered or scarce. (Corinna Stoeffl/Pixabay)

PHOENIX - Thousands of rare mountain lions have been killed in the past decade by trophy hunters, according to a new report. The Humane Society of the United States lists Arizona among the top five states where the big cats, also known as cougars, have been hunted and killed. Wendy Keefover, car

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