Water Assistance Needed

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for donations to help provide water for wildlife during the current dry weather spell.

Recent drought indexes and computerized weather models indicate that there appears to be no immediate relief in sight for Arizona's dry weather conditions. Consequently, the extremely dry conditions found throughout Arizona are anticipated to extend through the summer "monsoon" months and into the fall and winter of 2002. Therefore, the department is soliciting funds to help pay for private water hauling and maintenance contractors to assist with the department's water hauling, emergency maintenance and repair capabilities.

To date, the department has received monetary commitments totaling $65,000 from groups including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Arizona Elk Society, the Arizona Mule Deer Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Arizona Bowhunters Association, Yuma Rod and Gun Club, Mule Deer Foundation, Mogollon Sporting Association, and the Wildlife Conservation Council. The department whole-heartedly thanks these groups for their generous contributions at this time of need. But the work is not yet done.

Game and Fish recognizes that drought conditions are normal in the arid southwest and that indigenous species have evolved the abilities to survive in these unique conditions. However, the current extreme drought conditions may be beyond many wildlife species' ability to survive and propagate. Through cooperatives efforts, the department hopes to alleviate some of the extreme effects of the drought around critically identified waterholes in all areas throughout Arizona.

Individual donations can be made to "Water for Wildlife" Fund, c/o Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation, 2221 West Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85023.