As the April 15 income tax filing deadline nears, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is reminding taxpayers that although state taxes do not support the conservation of wildlife in the Grand Canyon state, individual donations can.

Last year, the average donation to the Arizona Wildlife Fund was $22, and in slightly more than 25 years of the program, more than $5 million has been raised to help imperiled and endangered wildlife, including bald eagles, black-footed ferrets, California condors, Apache trout, Mexican wolves and desert tortoises and other non-game species.

The Arizona Wildlife Fund is a voluntary program that allows taxpayers to make a donation; Arizona is among 41 states that allow taxpayers to make a contribution to such projects.

If anyone is interested in donating to the Arizona Wildlife Fund, they can fill in the box on line 44 of their tax return.

“Since Game and Fish does not receive any general fund dollars, the Arizona Wildlife Fund provides important support for managing and conserving some of the state’s most iconic species,” said Eric Gardner, non-game branch chief for Arizona Game and Fish Department. “The fund has a tremendous impact on conserving one of Arizona’s greatest natural treasures — its wildlife, which provide a variety of low-cost recreational opportunities for residents to enjoy and that benefit communities.”

For more information about the Arizona Wildlife Fund, visit

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