TUCSON, Ariz. – Rose Canyon Lake campground on Mount Lemmon is temporarily closed pending a search by state and federal wildlife officials for a potentially rabid fox that bit a 12-year-old Tucson boy’s knee 5 p.m. Sunday.

The boy was treated for his wound and rabies at Tucson Medical Center and released. The fox ran off after biting the boy, who was playing with his dog at the time of the attack. The fox is assumed to still be in the area since they have relatively small territories.

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“Boat safe, boat smart, boat sober”

TORTILLA FLAT, Ariz. —The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) will conduct a watercraft operating under the influence (OUI) checkpoint on Canyon Lake this weekend. The purpose of the checkpoint is to ensure people are operating their watercraft safely and responsibly and to apprehend those found to be operating their vessels under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Throughout the weekend, boaters may be required to pass through a checkpoint and be subject to a systematic safety inspection. Operators will be checked for any sign of impairment from alcohol or drugs and to ensure the required safety equipment, such as proper number of life jackets and working fire extinguishers, are aboard.

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PHOENIX - Fire season is under way in Arizona and with Easter occurring April 16 followed by Memorial Day and its customary three-day weekend in late May, visitation is beginning to increase on the Tonto National Forest. Officials offer the following campfire tips to help practice fire safety.

Ø When possible, use an established campfire ring

Ø Clear the area down to bare soil

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“Today, the people of Lake Havasu City and its stakeholders scored a monumental victory in the fight against bureaucratic overreach”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced that it would withdraw its draft recreational boating compatibility determination (CD) for the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge:

“Today, the people of Lake Havasu City and its stakeholders scored a monumental victory in the fight against bureaucratic overreach. Standing together, as a unified community, we were able to block a terrible proposal put forth by the Fish and Wildlife Service that aimed to close significant areas on Lake Havasu to tubing, waterskiing, fishing and wakeboarding. Ultimately, the Service could not hide from the thousands of voices demanding that the will of the people be heard.

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Commission will recognize 16 people during the 2015 Commission Awards banquet, which will commend national, state and local leaders, wildlife advocates and volunteers for their work to support the state’s wildlife.

The event will be Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Arizona Grand Resort at 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway in Phoenix. Reservations are being accepted for $65 per person to attend the event, which begins with a social hour and live music at 5 p.m., and will be followed by dinner and the awards presentation at 6 p.m.

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Like some giant bird of prey, the helicopter appeared from seemingly out of nowhere and swooped down on the unsuspecting herd of pronghorn feeding on the open grassland below.

The chase was on.

In the end, despite being able to reach speeds up to 60 mph, the fastest animal in North America was no match. The net-gunner’s aim was true, the handler or “mugger” placed a GPS collar around the pronghorn’s neck, and within moments the animal was safely removed from the net and turned loose to rejoin its herd.

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