One of the most controversial wildlife species is the coyote, which play an integral role in urban environments. They help maintain ecosystems and species diversity by keeping rodent populations down and scavenging on the flesh of dead animals to keep ecosystems clean.
Coyote breeding season is actually underway and will continue into the early summer months. This spike in coyote population inevitably leads to more encounters and puts pets and young children that are outdoors and unattended at risk. Coyotes in populated areas are less fearful of people and are known to attack pets and approach people too closely.
Please keep in mind the following guidelines in the case you come into contact with a coyote.
If you live near or adjacent to a park, trail, golf course, or natural area:
Teach our children about the presence of urban wildlife, to never approach wild animals and to never feed wildlife. Always supervise your pet outside, especially at dawn and dusk. If you must leave your dog outside, secure them in a fully enclosed kennel. Remove things that attract wildlife from your yard such as pet food, water sources, fruit from trees, and fallen debris from bird feeders.
If you are approached by a coyote:
Do not run or turn your back. Be as big as possible. If the coyote does not leave the area, back away slowly while still facing the coyote. Pick up any small pets or children that are with you.
To the surprise of many, Colorado’s abundant wildlife can be found in cities. In most situations, people and wildlife can coexist. The key is to respect the wildness of wildlife. Many dangerous and potentially harmful encounters occur because people fail to leave the animals alone.