Detailed caption information in "Wildlife Neighbors, Tucson Mountains, Arizona" is from Steven J. Phillips and Patricia Wentworth Comus, editors. A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press, Tucson, Arizona and University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California, and London, England.

Wildlife Neighbors, Tucson Mountains, AZ ( at The text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. The photographs are copyright by the photographers with all rights reserved.

Quality of Life Helpful Links —

• Pima County Road Closure Updates: Map of current road closures, road work and accidents. CLICK HERE

• Graffiti: CLICK HERE to report graffiti to the county so we can get it removed to avoid its spread.

​• SeeClickFix: CLICK HERE  to report things like potholes, road kill and more to the county.

• Pima Road Repair and Preservation Projects: CLICK HERE to view a map of planned, active and completed projects

CLICK HERE for additional information on the selection process, treatments, etc. for road repair, and preservation projects.

Wildlife Neighbors, Tucson Mountains, Arizona

We are not alone in the Sonoran Desert. Our wildlife neighbors adapted to life in arid lands long before we arrived. We can learn from them and respect their right to continue to live in peace.

​Amphibians and reptiles of the Tucson Mountains, AZ
Birds of the Tucson Mountains, AZ
Mammals of the Tucson Mountains, AZ

Illegal Shooting

There is no shooting allowed near homes or in Tucson Mountain Park. One incident of a shot fired into a home has occurred so please stay alert. If you see illegal shooting from a vehicle occur, please safely get a license plate number, and call 9-1-1 immediately. If you hear illegal shooting occur or see illegal shooters on foot, please call 9-1-1 immediately to report it. GPANA is working with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department to investigate and provide extra patrol in the area. Also, GPANA is working with the Pima County Parks Department to post educational signs in the area (step one in the process to reduce illegal shooting).  Please email to let us know if you also currently have illegal shooting happening in your area.

Proposed Route for Interstate 11 to cut through Sonoran Desert

The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection has excellent information on the status of this proposal and what we can do to protest.  CLICK HERE TO SEE INFORMATION AND PRACTICAL STEPS THAT CAN BE TAKEN TO VOICE OPPOSITION

A Must Read for Locals and Pet Owners!

Arizona Native and Exotic Toxic Plants

GPANA Board member Tony Knight is a Veterinarian and Pima County Master Gardener. He shares with us an informative article he recently wrote for "The Plant Press," a publication of The Arizona Native Plant Society. Read it here!

Picture Rocks RV Resort Plans have been withdrawn

The property owner and applicant have WITHDRAWN their Comprehensive Plan amendment case (P21CA00004) for the RV Park at Picture Rocks Road and Tula Lane. Our President Denise Garland spoke at the public Community Meeting held in September to share views about the impact that a project like this, 200 RV spots in a residential area, could have. The attendees at the meeting were most appreciative. To read the letter of withdrawal, click here.

Dangerously Venomous Animals...

Member Mike Cardwell, a well known rattlesnake expert, has written an informative summary on the venomous animals found in the Tucson Mountains. A reminder for long-time residents, but important reading for new residents not familiar with our local critters. Please share with new neighbors. Click the image below to be taken to the full story and print for future reference.

Arizona Native and Exotic Toxic Plants

GPANA Membership Survey

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