Respecting Desert Wildlife

Great scenery and open space are home to wildlife as well as people.  Desert living means residents need to be aware of and protect native urban wildlife such as:

Some of these desert dwellers may view house pets as prey.  Neither the city nor the Arizona Game & Fish Department traps or relocates native wildlife.  But you can help to discourage urban wildlife from living in your neighborhood by removing essentials of wildlife habitat such as water, food and shelter.  Learn more by visiting

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.