Continental Country Club Blog

Enjoy, But Don’t Feed, Our Wildlife Neighbors

Arizona provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the nation, with more than 800 animal species living in the state, according to Arizona Game and Fish Department. So, you are bound to witness some spectacular sights in Arizona’s varied landscapes if you know where and when to look, what to look for, and how to look for wildlife in any given habitat.

In fact, many of these animals can be seen right from your backyard here at Continental, whether it’s a hummingbird flitting by for some sugar water or a family of deer strolling through our wooded areas.

As enticing as it may be, feeding wildlife is illegal in Arizona. According to ARS-13-2927, a person commits unlawful feeding of wildlife by intentionally, knowingly or recklessly feeding, attracting or otherwise enticing wildlife into an area.

Some of the biggest reasons why feeding wildlife (deer, elk, geese, and waterfowl) can cause unintended consequences.

  • Wild animals have specialized diets, and they can become malnourished or die if fed the wrong foods.
  • Deer and elk can die from acidosis.
  • Animals accustomed to people often lose their fear of people and can become aggressive.
  • Feeding wildlife can lead to public health concerns. Too many animals in one place increases the chance of disease transmission to people and wildlife.

Watching wildlife is a lifelong learning experience. It can begin at any age and everyone can participate. So, pull up a chair, grab a pair of binoculars or simply gaze at the beauty that surrounds us!