Special Announcements


Personal Assistance Needed

Joyce Schatz needs someone to assist her, 1-2 times a week, approximately 3 hours each visit. Preferred days are Tuesday and/or Thursday, but she is flexible.

This is what she needs help with:

**Water mature trees and landscaping

**Light housekeeping

If you would like to know more, please call Joyce at 575-557-2224. Please let the telephone ring a while as it takes her some time to reach the telephone.



On Wednesday, December 27, 2017 Reed Peters, President and
one of the founders of the Friends of Cave Creek Canyon
signed, on behalf of FOCCC, a PARTICIPATING AGREEMENT with the
U. S. Forest Service, part of the Department of Agriculture.

This Agreement will allow FOCCCmuch greater latitude in the
operations of the Visitor Information Center.

  • FOCCCwill have much more flexibility in having events
    and interpretiveactivities.
  • We will be able to sell FOCCC t-shirts, hats, our book, and more.
    There has always been great demand especially for the book
    at the Visitor Information Center.
  • We will beableto expand our interpretive activities,
    such as nature walks, bird walks, etc.
  • We can collect donations.
  • We will greatly expand our out reach to children.


Volunteer Hosts Needed



If You Encounter A Rabid Animal

Submitted by Dinah Davidson

If/when you encounter a suspicious carcass, or a live animal behaving aggressively or unnaturally, you should contact the Sheriff’s office (800-362-0812). Given an uptick in rabies county-wide, all carcasses of common target animals (skunks, foxes, coyotes, bobcat, coatis) are now tested for rabies. Unnatural behaviors include, e.g., a nocturnal animal out in daytime and displaying aggression or even just lack of fear.

Ask the dispatch officer for a call-back from Al - the USDA guy who handles these matters for all of Cochise County. Most of the following advice comes from him.

If it is not necessary to handle a carcass, then don’t do it. But if you handle a suspicious carcass, make certain to wear protective gloves and steer clear of the mouth, which may contaminate you with virus-infected saliva.

Any human exposed to rabies through a scratch or bitemustbe treated for rabies. Any exposed petmustbe quarantined, sometimes for as long as 4 months, and perhaps even if the pet has been vaccinated. An animal control person will conduct a visit to assess the situation.

(Information I found online: Thorough and immediate cleaning and treatment of a bite or wound area can significantly reduce the chance of infection, but such cleaning cannot replace treatment for rabies. First flush the area with water for at least one full minute. Follow up by washing with soap or detergent to remove saliva containing the virus. Then apply a disinfectant such as alcohol, bleach, or tincture of iodine directly to the wound and under skin flaps to stop the virus from being absorbed into body tissue. Finally, go immediately to your doctor or an emergency room.)

Al cautions that your best protection from rabies is to have your pets up-to-date on vaccinations, so that they don’t bring the disease back to you.

He also urges that no one feed animals like skunks, foxes, coyotes, or bobcat, because even healthy animals will behave aggressively if expecting food, and someone unfamiliar with the fed animal will not recognize this behavior as something other than disease. As Al says, “a fed fox is a dead fox”; he will be forced to euthanize any animal reported as behaving aggressively. It is actually illegal in Cochise County to feed any animal the size of a coyote or larger.



Here are the phone numbers for direct connection to Cochise County 911 Dispatchers.

520-805-5670 and/or


Users of cell phones can just add these numbers in their ICE directory to get a direct call to the 911 people for Cochise County.

Howard Topoff 2011