Arizona Wildlife Conservation Strategy

Coyote-Mamie COA

The Coyote-Mamie COA consists of approximately 48 miles of Coyote and Mamie creeks, as well as their associated riparian and adjacent upland habitat, from the confluence of Coyote Creek and the Little Colorado River to the eastern slopes of Escudilla Mountain. Elevation within this COA ranges from approximately 6,000 feet to approximately 9,000 feet. Three habitat types occur within this COA, beginning upstream within the Petran montane conifer forest, then transitioning into the Great Basin conifer woodland and Plains and Great Basin grassland. This COA provides habitat for aquatic and riparian dependent species, as well as migratory birds, and provides connectivity between Middle Little Colorado River COA and the Escudilla Wilderness Area.

Conservation Goals

  • Improve and maintain forest, woodland, and grassland vegetation communities within their range of natural variability to make these communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
  • Improve and maintain the hydrologic and ecological function of the watershed conditions, riparian and wetland areas and the habitats they support.
  • Maintain and enhance travel corridors and thermal cover for a wide variety of wildlife species.


Primary Threats

1. Agriculture

1.2: Wood and pulp operations

2. Biological Resource Use

2.3: Logging and wood harvesting

3. Climate Change and Severe Weather

3.1: Habitat shifting and alteration
3.3: Temperature extremes
3.4: Storms and flooding

7. Human Intrusions and Disturbance

7.1: Recreational activities

8. Invasive and Other Problematic Species

8.1: Invasive non-native species

9. Natural System Modifications

9.1: Fire and fire suppression

11. Transportation and Service Corridors

11.1: Roads and railroads

Potential Conservation Actions

1. Land and Water Protection

1.1: Site/area protection
  • Conserve a variety of habitats that support healthy populations of fish and wildlife as climate changes.

2. Land and Water Management

2.1: Site/area management
  • Restore and maintain diverse habitats to support broad species assemblages that account for range shifts.
  • Identify and protect key wildlife corridors for landscape connectivity.
2.3: Habitat and natural process restoration
  • Increase connectivity by removing barriers and other impediments to species movement.
  • Implement projects focused on improving the quality of altered systems creating suitable habitat and/or habitat features for wildlife.

3. Species Management

3.1: Management of specific species of concern
  • Conduct research targeting species and habitat types likely to be vulnerable to climate change impacts.

Habitats Present

Strategy Species


Chiricahua Leopard Frog, Northern Leopard Frog


American Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Juniper Titmouse, Mexican Spotted Owl, Pinyon Jay, Prairie Falcon, Western Burrowing Owl


Diablo Mountainsnail


Arizona Montane Vole, Gunnison's Prairie Dog, Hoary Bat, White-bellied Long-tailed Vole, Long-tailed Weasel, Merriam's Shrew, Mexican Gray Wolf, New Mexican Jumping Mouse, Pale Townsend's Big-eared Bat, Western Water Shrew, Southwestern Myotis, Long-eared Myotis, Long-legged Myotis, Fringed Myotis, Allen's Lappet-browed Bat, Big Brown Bat, Silver-haired Bat


Arizona Black Rattlesnake


See Associated Aquatic COAs for fish species.

Protected Areas and Other Areas of Conservation Value

  • No associated Protected Areas

Potential Partners

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
  • Arizona State Land Department
  • Arizona Department of Fire and Forestry Management
  • Arizona Elk Society
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Arizona Antelope Foundation
  • Mule Deer Foundation
  • Arizona Mule Deer Organization
  • Arizona Deer Association
  • Quail Forever/Pheasants Forever
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Audubon Southwest
  • Private Landowners

Relevant Conservation Plans

Associated Aquatic COAs