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7/9/2013 6:00:00 AM
Wildlife series turns its focus to water
Bighorn sheep drink from the Colorado River. Finding quality water is a challenge for the state’s wildlife, and that will be the topic of the next Summer Wildlife Series presentation.
Bighorn sheep drink from the Colorado River. Finding quality water is a challenge for the state’s wildlife, and that will be the topic of the next Summer Wildlife Series presentation.

KINGMAN - Water is essential to life for humans and all other living things, but finding water sometimes isn't enough for Arizona's animal population.

There are both good and bad water sources in the state, according to Zen Mocarski, the public information officer for the Kingman field office of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Water and access to quality water for rangeland and wildlife will be examined in the next installment of the office's Summer Wildlife Series from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Kingman Mohave County Library, 3269 N. Burbank Street.

"Finding water isn't always the problem for wildlife," said Mocarski. "However, finding quality water resources can be. And it isn't always the water, but the access to water and what types of fencing surrounds those waters."

While recent presentations have been appropriate for all ages, this one is geared toward people 15 years and older.

"This is going to be a nuts-and-bolts presentation about the waters, why they are important, loss of riparian areas, and making these waters safe for all wildlife, large and small alike," said Mocarski.

There will be time for a question and answer period after the 45-minute presentation, which is free and open to the public. Seating, however, is limited to the first 51 attendees. Mocarski encouraged attendees to arrive early, as every presentation to date has been filled.

That's the bad news. The good news is, Game and Fish posts each installment in the series on its Facebook page, which can be found by searching for AZGFD Kingman.

Next up is Fishing Arizona - Crayfish, July 26; and the History of Archery, Aug. 9.

For more information, contact Mocarski at (928) 692-7700, ext. 2301 or email

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Article comment by: Wiley Coyote

Water resources, especially in the desert, are getting more scarce and more expensive. Health care costs for an aging population are out of control. People are getting more obese and unhealthy due to poor lifestyle and diet choices. Big Government is going farther in debt and taxpayers cannot continue to subsidize Big Health Insurance for long.

Taxpayers cannot continue to afford huge welfare subsidies to Big Beef with their property tax breaks, free water, feed, predator management, and free public land entitlements. Especially when it's scientifically proven to be such a burden on the economy, the health care industry and the balance of nature.

Managing predators and wildlife is not really the problem and trophy hunting at water holes is no solution. It's the livestock and obsolete lifestyles that need thinned out. Public funding can better be spent educating the youth rather than just enabling the old and ignorant.

International tourism, including wilderness experiences with healthy wildlife populations, could be the next big round up. A shift to healthier lifestyles that demonstrate more self respect and honor of the land is the next frontier. A courageous "pioneering spirit" approach is to think like a coyote and adapt to rapidly changing conditions for the success of your offspring and their offspring. People exercising their freedom, taking initiative with independent personal choices to do what they know is right, and truly "pro life," is what made this country great long ago. Now it's your turn.


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