There is a lot to report from the Ranger Unit this time.
Bald Eagles Are Back
If you haven’t seen them yet, our bald eagles are back early this year. We are very fortunate to have bald eagles that nest and raise their young eaglets here within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. We have been asked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Arizona Game and Fish Department and our own SRPMIC Environmental Protection and Natural Resources (EPNR) Division to remind folks to please enjoy our eagles, but from a great distance—more than 500 feet. All you need is a pair of binoculars. If the eagles are disturbed, they will leave, and in the process they could abandon any baby eaglets. This could result in a tragic outcome for the eaglets. We need your help to preserve these nesting areas. If you see someone suspicious around the area or the nests, please call Salt River Police Dispatch. We would all love to see the nests flourish and our bald eagles stay for a very long time, so that generations to come may also enjoy their beauty.
Moving on to the dogs in the Community, there was a great turnout at the recent Rabies Vaccination Clinic, thanks to the Environmental Health Program. Remember, any dog older than four months old must have a current license and collar; if it does not, and the dog gets picked up, it will go to doggy jail (Animal Control).
On the open range and the Verde River Preserve, the wildlife is flourishing. Recently I spotted more than 30 javelina, several wild horses and a lot of coyotes. Fishing is great at the river at all times.
Please remember to be kind to nature and bring your Tribal I.D., because rangers are conducting random checks. And please do not try to rope a wild horse; we have had more than one occurrence of this. Above all, be safe and call the Salt River Police Department if you need any assistance.
Have a safe and happy visit to the river, but heed these reminders:
• ALWAYS watch your kids around water.
• Please use caution with fires at the river.
• Alcohol is not allowed at the river.
This is your Community, so go out and enjoy it—always be safe, and be kind to the environment.