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CPW Urges Caution As Coyotes Enter Breeding Season

January 8, 2019
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking residents to take precautions during the breeding season for coyotes, after a recent upsurge in sightings in the Denver metro area.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking residents to take precautions during the breeding season for coyotes, after a recent upsurge in sightings in the Denver metro area.

Around Boulder County, parks and wildlife spokesman Jason Clay said coyotes are most often seen in Erie, Broomfield and the western edge of Boulder. There haven’t been any recent reports of attacks or close calls, Clay said, but the state department wanted to encourage people to get proactive.

Coyotes can “scale a 6-foot fence pretty easily,” Clay said, making it easy for them to get into a yard. Parks and wildlife recommends staying with pets when putting them out in the yard this time of year, especially at night, and keeping cats indoors.

Clay also recommends removing items like pet food, compost or bird feed from yards, covering potential dens or tunnels, and using loud noises to deter coyotes from coming near the area.

Coyotes can be hunted any time of year with a small game license, but individual municipalities may have further restrictions.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com

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