KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri May 8, 2015

New Eagle Aviary on Navajo Nation Will Supply Ceremonial Feathers to Members

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly with a representative from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, as well as a golden eagle, attend the Navajo Nation Zoo Fest on Sat, May 2. At the event, the president committed to signing legislation that will fund a new golden eagle aviary at the zoo.
Credit Navajo Nation

Outgoing Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly is expected to sign legislation that will fund the construction of a large golden-eagle aviary. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the move will expand a current program allowing tribal members to legally obtain the feathers of federally protected birds for ceremonial purposes. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Wildlife Advocates Urge Bearizona to Sever Ties with Questionable Bear Facilities

The American black bear, ursus americanus.
Credit Photo by Steven Kazlowski

The advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling on a wildlife park near Williams to sever its relationships with three other animal facilities. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, those out-of-state businesses have all received citations from the federal government for animal-handling infractions.

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Earth Notes
8:47 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Earth Notes: Wetlands Architect

The American beaver is an appealing animal, with dexterous paws, curious eyes and paddle-shaped tail. But, these rodents, the largest in North America, were nearly wiped out by the early 1900s as trappers sent mass quantities of the thick brown pelts back East for stylish top hats.

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Earth Notes
5:01 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Earth Notes: When Does Wildlife Need Rescuing?

A Mexican spotted owl

When Bea Cooley and Brooks Hart headed down Oak Creek Canyon to do some birding last winter, they had no idea just how close their bird encounters would be.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Park Officials Seek Public Input in Grand Canyon Bison Management

Bison on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
Credit AP/Kaibab National Forest

The National Park Service is holding a public comment period regarding the management of a bison herd on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, some wildlife advocacy groups are pushing for the animals to remain in the park.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:44 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Brain Food: Designing Wildlife Corridors

An elk crossing a wildlife corridor
Credit Courtesy photo

As highways, cities, canals and railroads continue to be built across the West, some natural landscapes are becoming fragmented into patches, too small to support populations of certain animals.

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4:27 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

A Drier Southwest Means More Bears Move To Town

The long drought and fire have killed off berries, acorns and other favorite foods in parts of the southwest. So bears have become resourceful.
Arizona Game and Fish

Across the Southwest more and more bears have shown up in people’s kitchens, garages and flower beds. Wildlife officials in Colorado say in that state alone they had to euthanize 133 “problem bears” last year. And in Arizona at least a dozen bears have been euthanized, and scores of sightings have many people rattled.

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