Officials work to ensure wildlife have water during drought

In this June 13, 2018 photo, Mike Anderson of the Arizona Elks Society fills a wildlife water tank off a forest road near Flagstaff, Ariz. Anderson volunteers with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, which is boosting efforts to ensure wildlife have water amid drought. (Ben Shanahan/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is boosting efforts to refill water tanks for wildlife in the midst of drought.

The agency typically hauls about 400,000 gallons of water to tanks statewide in a normal year, the Arizona Daily Sun reported . But this year is exceptionally dry, and department officials say that figure will rise to 1.5 million gallons.

The water hauling also started much earlier than normal. The agency began supplementing the catchments in November, which hasn’t happened in at least 20 years, according to agency officials.