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Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by chumley » Dec 15 2016 7:34 pm

I just encountered a grey fox running across Broadway Road in Tempe (my second fox sighting with a mile radius in the past 6 months) and it got me thinking of all the wild animals I've had the fortune of seeing on my many years of adventures. The fox in Tempe is probably the most unusual for its urban location, but others are memorable too.

Mammals:
Mountain Lion
Black Bear
Coatimundi
Javelina
Porcupine
Skunk
Grey Fox
Ringtail
Bobcat
Teva
Elk
Feral Horse
Burro
Bighorn Sheep
Fluffy sheep
Deer
Pronghorn

Reptiles:
Western Diamondback
Black Tailed
Arizona Black
Speckled
Prairie
Mojave
Rock
Tiger
AZ Mountain Kingsnake
Gopher
Desert Tortoise
Gila Monster

Birds:
Too many to list (plus I have no idea what most of them are. These are notable though.)
Bald Eagle
Golden Eagle
Great Horned Owl
Turkey

It makes me realize that there are only a few creatures in this state that I haven't seen but would like to. I think :scared:
Raccoon
Otter
Beaver
Ocelot
Bison
Chupacabra
Grey Wolf
Jaguar


What have you seen, or what is still on your wish list?
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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by hippiepunkpirate » Dec 21 2016 4:04 pm

@JasonCleghorn
Right on! Will do. Had some interesting wildlife encounters on the trip last week as it turns out too. I'll have to share them here when I have more than a moment.
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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by flagscott » Dec 21 2016 4:42 pm

hippiepunkpirate wrote:it bolted into the desert as I fumbled in my pocket for my phone to take a pic :doh:
"It bolted into the <insert habitat here> as I fumbled in the pocket for my phone" is the story of my life, wildlife wise. I missed great pix of a mountain lion and a grizzly by just a second or two. Why won't the animals sit still!

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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by chumley » Dec 21 2016 5:05 pm

Protect yourself from a wild animal attack! All you need is a camera ... whatever it is will be long gone before you can even focus! :)

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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by Alston_Neal » Dec 22 2016 9:11 am

Last night I saw a little burro dressed in red and white felt and reindeer antlers carrying saddlebag coolers of craft beer. Not as impressive as a mountain lion but pretty awesome considering the beer was free and cold.
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Post by hippiepunkpirate » Dec 22 2016 9:43 am

Another javelina sighting yesterday afternoon. Apparently there are 5 adults and a youngster that like to hang out in our citrus grove and nibble on fallen fruit.
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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by KwaiChang » Dec 23 2016 10:41 am

Chums!??! No Condor? Not one person listed Condor...I am shocked.

What antlered beast strolls thru Grand Canyon Village close to the rim? - I thought they were moose?? No?

Only thing I would REALLY wanna see would be a Jaguar and forgive my ignorance but whats a Teva? I googled it and got footwear!!
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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by chumley » Dec 23 2016 10:52 am

KwaiChang wrote:forgive my ignorance but whats a Teva?
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Post by KwaiChang » Dec 23 2016 10:54 am

I knew an answer like this would surface......lol!!
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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by cactuscat » Dec 23 2016 1:04 pm

@KwaiChang
I listed Condor.
And those are elk at the Canyon.
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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by SuperstitionGuy » Dec 23 2016 1:34 pm

Another sure sign you are near a Teva is they like to sing somewhat like humans (with emphasis on somewhat). :scared:
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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by KwaiChang » Dec 27 2016 5:35 am

@cactuscat
Thanks!!!! Elk - DANG they be BIG!!!

My bad you were right - you and two others listed the Condor's - and Tarantellas!!! :scared: :scared: :scared:
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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by gummo » Dec 29 2016 10:46 am

I saw a cougar once and almost puma pants.

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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by skatchkins » Dec 29 2016 6:52 pm

I saw around 20 coati on Slate Creek the day after Thanksgiving. They kept trying to stay in the trees and jump further and further down the line away. Closest I've been.
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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by DbleDutch » Jan 01 2017 4:45 pm

My list is similar to Chumley, only I am missing any of AZ cat sightings but fresh tracks on occasion. And my rattle snake list is shorter. No one has mentioned Chuckwalla and I have seen Bison (AZ & Yellowstone) Also AZ mud turtle.

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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by DbleDutch » Jan 01 2017 5:04 pm

chumley wrote:I just encountered a grey fox running across Broadway Road in Tempe
I have seen a fox in the area also on several occasions. By the aquatic pond at the stadium and the canal S of Apache.
Told my buddies I saw a fox near ASU and only got "sure, sure, there are thousands of them there." :)

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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by Nighthiker » Feb 03 2017 6:58 pm

North end of town is a petting zoo.
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Post by Nighthiker » Apr 28 2017 6:12 pm

North East of town today, no sightings just tracks. This one is quite elusive to observe.
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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by Nighthiker » Mar 29 2018 7:27 pm

No back yard work today, this one squawked at me to stay on my side of the glass.
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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by SuperstitionGuy » Mar 29 2018 8:08 pm

@Nighthiker
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Re: Arizona wildlife sightings

Post by DixieFlyer » Jan 15 2019 7:51 am

I saw a roadrunner and some doves and gambel's quail in my backyard the other day...the doves/quail seemed unconcerned about the presence of the roadrunner, so I guess that roadrunners don't eat doves/quail

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