Project aimed at improving habitat for deer, quail

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KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) -- A $1.1 million effort planned by the Arizona Game and Fish Department to improve habitat for mule deer and scaled quail is focused in several parts of the state.

The Kingman Daily Miner reports that efforts to improve mule deer habitat are focused on a hunt unit encompassing southern Mohave County in northwestern Arizona and in two hunt areas north and northeast of Phoenix.

The targeted scaled quail habitat is in two hunt units east of Tucson in southeastern Arizona.

The department says both efforts are aimed at restoring wildlife populations that are now dwindling and to meet the demands of both hunters and wildlife watchers.

Department spokesman Bill Andres says the work includes prescribed burns to "reopen and reinvigorate" desert shrub lands that are thick with overgrown vegetation.

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