After nearly 17 years of effort to locate and acquire a site suitable for a shooting range near Flagstaff, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGF) purchased the privately-owned Foster Ranch located within the Coconino National Forest. Because the site is not far from the Walnut Canyon National Monument, opposition surfaced over the effect on the Monumentās wildlife and visitors from the sound of gunfire. AZGF wildlife studies have concluded that harm will not come to wildlife and the agency has stated that it will incorporate sound-dampening measures in the design and construction of the shooting range.

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