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Monsoons Help Fill Catchments For Arizona Wildlife

Recent monsoon rains have been helpful in a lot of ways, including for the state’s wildlife.

There are around 3,000 catchments around Arizona that provide water for animals; some of them date to the 1940s, and all kinds of species use them — from bighorn sheep and deer to little lizards and snakes.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department says last year it had to put out nearly two and a half million gallons of water into those catchments to make up for the lack of rain.

To find out more about this, The Show spoke with Joe Currie; he’s the habitat planning program manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department and is the primary manager of all the wildlife waters across the state.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.