The Recreation Centers of Sun City West is excited to be partnering on a project designed to bring greater understanding of and harmony with the larger wildlife living in our community.

The “Watching Carnivores” project is led by Claire Musser, project manager and executive director of the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project. Musser also is a post-graduate research student at Falmouth University, and is spearheading the community science initiative to evaluate ways to ensure peaceful coexistence with urban carnivores. The project will use information provided by residents about their sightings of carnivores within Sun City West to find patterns in behavior. These sightings can be in-person or on remote cameras.

Residents are asked to participate in the project by reporting their carnivore sightings or interactions. The project is expected to last about a year, and may result in a documentary about urban carnivores, Musser said.

Residents can send details on their sightings and interactions in several ways:

  • TEXT: Send photos, videos and information to 480-269-6834
  • CALL: leave a message with information at 480-269-6834
  • EMAIL: Send photos, videos and information to
  • DIGITAL REPORTING: Posters at each of the Rec Centers’ facilities have a QR code that can be scanned and will bring up the reporting form, which can be filled out online.

Musser asks that residents provide the following information when reporting a sighting or interaction:

  • Name: (optional)
  • Species: coyote, bobcat or other
  • Location: Address or nearest landmark/cross streets
  • Date/Time: Date and approximate time of interaction.
  • Was this a Sighting or Encounter: A sighting is an observation at a distance with no interaction, such as nighttime security camera photos. An encounter is an interaction at close range.
  • Observations, comments and/or concerns: What did the animal look like? Was the animal alone? What was the animal doing? What did you feel/do?
  • Contact details (optional): If you are willing, include your contact details and the team can contact you about the sighting.

More information about the project can be found at

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