Monday, September 18, 2006

New AZ wildlife legislation takes effect

By Howard Fischer
capitol media services
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 09.14.2006

On the subject of animals, one new law will make it a crime to feed wildlife -- at least in Pima and Maricopa counties.

The measure is designed to deal with the fact that sometimes people get bit, especially by coyotes. And even leaving food out for rabbits causes problems because of the desert food chain: Larger predators like mountain lions follow where their prey goes, including into residential areas.

Violators will be subject to a $300 fine. But homeowners still can feed wild birds and tree squirrels.

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