Part of Scottsdale's charm is it's seamless integration into the Sonoran Desert that surrounds the city. Residents and visitors alike enjoy watching the desert wildlife that call Scottsdale home.
At times, wild animals venture into areas where people live and play, usually in search of food and water. It's important to know how to safely share our space with these animals.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department's website has useful information and tools on how to live with a variety of wildlife.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Don't feed or leave water out for wildlife. While it may seem harmless, it can have unintended consequences and is actually illegal in Maricopa County.
- Store garbage indoors or leave in wildlife-proof containers.
- Supervise small children and pets when outdoors.
- If you see a young animal alone, don't assume it's been abandoned. Many animals leave their young during the day while they hunt or rest.
- Never approach a wild animal.
For more information, visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department's website or call 602-942-3000.