“Recently, Prescott was in the news because of several sightings of mountain lions in the area, and reports of several family pets killed while unattended, along with reports of numerous sightings on security cameras. As citizens, there are steps we can take to minimize the possibility of an unwanted wildlife encounter.
“Because of the beautiful wilderness around us, Prescott citizens live in an area where humans are in close contact with wild animals every day. As citizens, it is our responsibility to behave in a way that limits contact with these animals and lets them live peacefully around us, but not with us. One of the first things we can do is to refrain from feeding or watering wildlife in our yards or where we recreate.
“In fact, Prescott has an ordinance in place, prohibiting feeding of most wild animals for this very reason. Ordinance 5-3-16 OUTDOOR FEEDING AND PROTECTION OF WILDLIFE.
“Why is this ordinance in place? To protect our citizens and the wildlife. What seems like a harmless and even friendly act can upset the balance of our ecosystem and leads to these sometimes deadly encounters for wildlife.
“The simple act of obeying the City’s ordinance and refraining from feeding and intentionally watering wildlife where you live or recreate, can help avoid future uncomfortable encounters. We live in this beautiful wilderness, and we can live respectfully with our animal neighbors if we act responsibly.”
• Faire on the Square — Arts & Crafts Show
Sept. 2-4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; Downtown Prescott at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza; includes vendors, goods, snacks and shopping while also getting an entertaining show from the Prescott Regulators and Their Shady Ladies. More information at www.experienceprescott.com/event/faire-on-the-square-arts-%26-craft-show/14.