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Coyote activity to increase during breeding season

Coyotes activity to increase during breeding season
Jason Clay

or by cell 303-829-7143
Coyotes activity to increase during breeding season

Living with Coyotes in Colorado

DENVER - Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) wants to remind people to take precautions with their pets when living in coyote country. A recent increase in coyote sightings has occurred in across the Denver metro area.
Coyotes are in the midst of breeding season. They are establishing and protecting their territories and may perceive any canine - large or small - as a competition for resources. Smaller dogs and cats may be perceived as prey at any time of year. Coyotes can be active any time of day, so steps should be taken to protect your pets at all times. 

CPW receives numerous calls about coyotes following people walking dogs. It is not uncommon for a coyote to trail a pet walker from a distance away until the dog has left the area that the coyote perceives as their territory. Dog walkers are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings, to keep pets on leash and to haze any coyote that gets too close to them or their pet.

Coyotes, foxes and other wildlife are abundant in urban areas. Residents are encouraged to be aware of their wild neighbors and to do their part to prevent conflicts. 


Discouraging Coyotes Near Homes
- Frighten coyotes with loud noises.
- Remove all food attractants from yards such as pet food, table scraps on compost piles, fallen fruit and bird feed.
- Trim or remove vegetation and brush that provides cover for prey (such as mice and rabbits) and hiding cover for coyotes; trim lower limbs of shrubs and conifer trees.
- Cover up or fill in any potential dens or tunnels under fences, porches, sheds or balconies
- Keep all trash out of reach of coyotes; place trash out only on the morning of pickup.

Protecting Pets
- Keep pets in fenced areas or kennels to minimize encounters; many coyotes can scale a six foot fence.
- Attend your pets when they are in the yard, especially at night. 
- Keep cats indoors. 
- Pet kennels and runs should have a fully-enclosed roof. 
- Keep pets on leash when walking them in open space areas.
- Do not allow pets to run loose in areas where there is coyote activity.
- Keep pets vaccinated.

Protecting Yourself and Your Family
- Although rare, coyotes have been known to injure people. Most of these incidents involved people feeding them. Teach your family about urban wildlife and never feed wildlife.
- Coyotes are usually wary of humans and will avoid people whenever possible. If a coyote does approach you, haze it by making loud noises, yelling, throwing objects or make yourself look big.
- If a coyote is in your yard, haze it out of there.
- Never feed or attempt to “tame” a coyote.
- Teach your children to be SMART if they have an encounter with a coyote or other predator:
                Stop, do not run or turn your back to it.
                Make yourself look bigger by lifting your arms or pulling your jacket over your head.
                Announce your presence loudly and firmly such as “LEAVE ME ALONE!”
                Retreat by backing away slowly.
                Tell an adult of your encounter.

Any aggressive coyote behavior toward people should be reported to local law enforcement or to the CPW office at 303-291-7227.

CPW gets questions from the public on coyote management options and lethal control. State laws are very liberal when it comes to allowing landowners to manage coyotes, and other small game, on their property. However, local city and county governments will have additional restrictions. State laws allow people to hunt coyotes any time of year with a small game license. Coyotes causing problems on private property can be taken year-round without a license or permit. Under Amendment 14, Colorado voters elected to prohibit the use of body-gripping traps, kill-traps and toxins to manage coyotes. However, live traps, followed by humane euthanasia may still be used. Some landowners do the work themselves while others hire Department of Agriculture, or a private pest control company, to assist them. Relocation of coyotes is not allowed. Residents are encouraged to discuss with their local city or county on what methods are allowed in their neighborhoods. If you would like more information on state laws regarding nuisance wildlife, please go to and click on the link for Nuisance Wildlife Laws.

If you have additional questions, or would like more information mailed to you about coyotes, please contact the CPW Regional Office in Denver at 303-291-7227. Information on minimizing encounters can also be found on the CPW website at the link above. For additional questions on management or hazing alternatives permitted where you live, please contact your local City or County government. 
Top photo courtesy of Wayne D. Lewis
Bottom left courtesy of Dustin Doskocil
Bottom right courtesy of Vic Schendel


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