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Arizona Game And Fish Hauls Water To Animals During Drought

Golden eagles at a Game and Fish water catchment.
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Golden eagles at a Game and Fish water catchment.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reports that it has hauled thousands of gallons of water to wildlife since January.

The ongoing drought means the department may have to haul more.

Game and Fish has about 3,000 catchments in Arizona. They are designed to hold rainwater, but the dry weather has made it necessary to haul water by truck or helicopter. Most are designed for bighorn sheep, but they attract a variety of animals.

Joe Currie is with Game and Fish.

“So, we essentially see probably any animal that you can possibly think of that lives in Arizona at water catchments. I mean I’ve seen bobcats and squirrels, I’ve seen rattlesnakes in them, Gila monsters, I mean we’ve seen just about everything drinking from them that you can imagine," Currie said. 

The department has hauled about 250,000 gallons of water so far this year.

Ron Dungan was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2020 to 2024.