The agency tasked with managing wildlife in Arizona is asking for help to provide life-sustaining water for wildlife in the often bone dry desert Southwest. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) already airlifted 600,000 gallons of water to some of its 3,000 catchments since January.
“Water catchments don’t discriminate – they’re used by all wildlife from big game to some of the smallest squirrels, lizards, birds, bats and even bees,” said Joseph Currie, AZGFD Habitat Planning program manager. “Our crews typically stop hauling water in August after monsoon rains refill much of our water catchments. However, due to this extreme drought, we haven’t stopped and anticipate having to haul more than 1.5 million gallons of water this year.”
To help defray rising costs of providing life-sustaining water for Arizona’s wildlife, AZGFD recently began its “Water for Wildlife” donation campaign.
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(Photo source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)