When living in areas where there are wild animals, can you be casual?
Where I live in New Mexico, since arriving 9 years ago these are a few of the events:
Mountain lion runs into the downtown glass door of the Santa Fe shop
Mountain lion hangs out in the residential area, comfortable to be close to residents
Bobcat picks off local pets for dinner
Mule deer drinks from fountain outside 'our' back door (this was mine)
Kit fox eats spill from bird feeder
Coyote picks off pet cat
Bobcat eats kill on portal (porch)
My friend Marcie, a runs through the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos. She wears bells to alert the wild creatures of her arrival, to cause them to depart.
They are more comfortable. So is she.