DENVER — Coyote sightings are increasing around the Denver metro area because it’s now breeding seasons for the animals, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
CPW is warning pet owners who live in coyote country that the animals may perceive any canine, no matter how big or small, as a competition for resources. And smaller dogs and cats may be seen as prey at any point in the year.
Dog walkers are encouraged to keep their pets on a leash and keep an eye on their surroundings. Coyotes will sometimes follow people walking dogs from a distance, until the dog and person has left the animal’s territory.
Coyotes, foxes and other predatory wildlife are abundant in urban areas.
Tips from CPW:
· Frighten coyotes if they come on your property with loud noises
· Remove food from the yard, like pet foot, table scraps, fallen fruit and bird food
· Trim vegetation that could provide cover for coyote prey, like mice and rabbits
· Cover any potential dens or tunnels under fences, porches, sheds or balconies
· Keep trash out of reach
· Keep dogs in fenced areas and stay with them when they’re in the yard, especially at night
· Keeps cats inside
· Keep pets vaccinated
· Ensure outdoor kennels and runs have a fully-enclosed roof
· Never feed wildlife or attempt to tame it
· If a coyote approaches you, haze it by making loud noises, throwing objects and making yourself appear larger than you are
· Teach children what to do if they encounter a coyote or other predator
If you would like more information on state laws regarding nuisance wildlife, click here.
To learn more about coyotes and living in areas where they are prevalent, click here.