As we identify key issues, the Arizona Elk Society will provide more background information and a sample letter to enable our members and others to voice their position to the decision makers on that issue.

The Arizona Elk Society, in support of our mission, is committed to:

    Thirst Elk drinking water provided by AES
  • Conserving and enhancing wildlife habitat in Arizona.
  • Protecting and promoting our hunting heritage.
  • Promoting sound wildlife management and habitat through partnering with government agencies and other organizations.
  • Implementing special programs for youth education regarding conservation, hunting and outdoor activities.
  • Informing the general public about issues concerning wildlife conservation, as well as scientific and biological wildlife and habitat management.

AES Responds to Coconino National Forest's New Forest Plan

March 17, 2014

Coconino National Forest
Attention: Forest Planner
1824 S. Thompson Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Forest Supervisor

We realize the resources and hard work it takes to finalize a new Forest Plan. The Arizona Elk Society (AES), representing 1250 members and thousands of organization supporters, appreciates the opportunity to review the Draft Forest Plan and DEIS and provide comments that will assist the Forest in making the best decision possible.

The Arizona Elk Society has been an active partner with the Coconino National Forest for many years contributing tens of thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of volunteer labor directly to the Forest to complete numerous projects. The Arizona Elk Society’s mission stated below is in line with the Forest’s mission.

AZGFD Wildlife News - May 16, 2014

Drought conditions may force wildlife into local neighborhoods

Don't be surprised if you see more wild animals around town in the next few months. Drought conditions may cause creatures like elk, deer, bobcats, foxes, coyotes and even bears to wander further into town than normal, as they seek sources of food and water.

"Animals may go into search mode," says Larry Phoenix, a field supervisor with the Arizona Game and Fish Department Region 2 office in Flagstaff. "If they can't find food and water in the forests, mountains and areas where they normally live, then they head to places where these essentials can be found."

If you see wild animals in your neighborhood, you should not try to help by feeding them. That can actually wind up doing more harm than good.

"You should never provide food, cover or water for wildlife," says Phoenix. "Animals that receive help from people become habituated to human-occupied areas and can feel too comfortable around humans. That's how many human-wildlife conflicts begin, as some animals become aggressive. Often, the animals that wind up biting or attacking people were previously human-fed. This type of aggressive behavior also puts the animal's life in danger."

Here are some tips for discouraging wild animals from taking up residence in your neighborhood:

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Arizona Elk Society - 2013 Year in Review

AES - 2013 Year in Review

From our Water for Widlife Program, Habitat Partners of Arizona Program and our Youth Outdoor Skills Programs, check out what Arizona Elk Society has accomplished in 2013.

Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project News - December 09, 2013

Monthly Status Report:  November 1-30, 2013

The following is a summary of Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project (Project) activities in Arizona on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNF) and Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR) and in New Mexico on the Apache National Forest (ANF) and Gila National Forest (GNF).  Non-tribal lands involved in this Project are collectively known as the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area (BRWRA).  Additional Project information can be obtained by calling (928) 339-4329 or toll free at (888) 459-9653, or by visiting the Arizona Game and Fish Department website at or by visiting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at  Past updates may be viewed on either website, or interested parties may sign up to receive this update electronically by visiting

Past updates may be viewed on either website, or interested parties may sign up to receive this update electronically by visiting  This update is a public document and information in it can be used for any purpose.  The Reintroduction Project is a multi-agency cooperative effort among the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD), USDA Forest Service (USFS), USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services (USDA-APHIS WS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT).

To view weekly wolf telemetry flight location information or the 3-month wolf distribution map, please visit  On the home page, go to the “Wolf Location Information” heading on the right side of the page near the top and scroll to the specific location information you seek.

Please report any wolf sightings or suspected livestock depredations to:  (928) 339-4329 or toll free at (888) 459-9653.  To report incidents of take or harassment of wolves, please call the AGFD 24-hour dispatch (Operation Game Thief) at (800) 352-0700.

Numbering System:  Mexican wolves are given an identification number recorded in an official studbook that tracks their history.  Capital letters (M = Male, F = Female) preceding the number indicate adult animals 24 months or older.  Lower case letters (m = male, f = female) indicate wolves younger than 24 months or pups.  The capital letter “A” preceding the letter and number indicate breeding wolves.

Definitions:  A “wolf pack” is defined as two or more wolves that maintain an established territory.  In the event that one of the two alpha (dominant) wolves dies, the remaining alpha wolf, regardless of pack size, retains the pack status.  The packs referenced in this update contain at least one wolf with a radio telemetry collar attached to it.  The Interagency Field Team (IFT) recognizes that wolves without radio telemetry collars may also form packs.  If the IFT confirms that wolves are associating with each other and are resident within the same home range, they will be referenced as a pack.

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Board recommends 3 candidates to governor for Game and Fish Commission appointment

Nov. 12, 2013

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Game and Fish Commission Appointment Recommendation Board has forwarded the names of three candidates to Gov. Jan Brewer for her consideration in making her 2014 appointment to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.

James R. Ammons, George Z. Taylor and William "Don" Martin were selected from five candidates who were interviewed by the board at its public meeting on Nov. 8 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters in Phoenix. The five who were interviewed were chosen from an initial slate of 21 applicants previously considered by the Appointment Recommendation Board at its Oct. 29 public meeting. View the board's letter at

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Application deadline for 2014 spring hunts is Oct. 8

Elk online draw

Please note: Hunting licenses for this draw are available for purchase only online, at AZGFD offices, or through the draw process; they are not available at license dealers for this particular draw

Hunters are reminded that the deadline for submitting applications for the 2014 spring draw for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear isTuesday, Oct. 8, by 7 p.m. (MST).

Applications can be submitted using the online service, or paper applications can be hand-delivered to any of the seven department offices located statewide in Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Tucson, Mesa or Phoenix, or mailed to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: Drawing Section, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052. Mailed applications must be received by the deadline; postmarks don't count.

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