Pima County will spend $284,000 to save horned lizards and other critters from an untimely and premature squishing at a west-side construction site. Work is starting on a project to stabilize the banks of the Santa Cruz River from Ajo Way to Silverlake Road. The river and surrounding parklands are home to regal horned lizards and other uncommon kinds of reptiles and toads. (Snip)The plan is to collect certain species, hold them in specially designed corrals during construction, help them get re-established in their renovated home when the time is right and then monitor their survival.
I grew up three miles west of this area. I used to catch these critters all over the place. The "horny toads" as we called them will squirt blood from a port next to their eye when they are threatened - that was always cool!
These lizards must have moved closer to the river since then because they were all over the place in the desert to the west about 40 years ago. The city of Tucson is to the east.
It´s odd, I grew up in the desert and my parents still live there. There is quite a bit more wild life slipping in and out of their back yard today than there was when I was a kid. I used to roam freely through the desert. I´m not so comfortable letting my own kids do the same today because of the abundance of javelina, and bob cats. The deer don´t bother me so much.
This is a very liberal enclave of Arizona. While Phoenix and the surrounding areas have grown significantly, the city of Tucson has been in a time capsule for 30 years. The animals have apparently done quite well.
Sadly, as a Tucson area resident, the city and Pima county seemed doomed to that status of Detroit. I blame two groups. The University and the Latino race pimps (Grijalva) for giving the City and County solid Democrat majorities (no GOP on the City Council) who spend money on bike paths and trolly cars while driving businesses out of town with taxes and regulations (while claiming to be business friendly).
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