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Series begins with venomous critters
Local Game and Fish officials set to launch popular summer talks

KINGMAN - The Arizona Game and Fish Department's Region III office in Kingman will kick off its third season of the Summer Wildlife Series program on Thursday with Venomous Critters of Arizona.

"I open with this presentation each year simply as a public service," said Zen Mocarski, public information officer for the Kingman Game and Fish office. "All the other presentations will be new to the series."

The presentations, hosted by the Mohave County Library in Kingman at 3269 Burbank, will be held on the first and third Thursday of each month from May through August from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

While open and free to the public, seating capacity is limited to 52 and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the venomous critter presentation, Mocarski will discuss rattlesnakes, spiders, scorpions and the Gila monster.

He will provide information, safety tips and what a person should do in the event of a bite or sting.

"They've been here a long time," Mocarski said. "It's important people learn how to live with wildlife."

Following venomous critters, the presentations will be, in order:

• Operation Game Thief (May 20),

• Wildlife Adaptations (June 3),

• Fishing Arizona (June 17),

• Hummingbirds (July 1),

• GPS (Global Positioning System) 101 (July 15),

• Captures and Transplants (Aug. 5),

• Invasive Species (Aug. 19).

"I started this series three years ago in an effort to educate the people on different subject matter," Mocarski said.

"Thus far, it's been well received and I continue to try and provide a wide range of topics."

The library and Game and Fish office have schedule cards available. Presentation descriptions can be found on the Game and Fish outdoor calendar on the department's Web site at www.azgfd.gov.

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

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