City of Wheat Ridge Wildlife Management Plan

Urban Wildlife
The City of Wheat Ridge, not unlike most urban cities in the State of Colorado, is home to many wildlife animals. Wheat Ridge is home to raccoons, foxes, beavers, coyotes, squirrels, bats, snakes and waterfowl. Many wildlife animals are never seen unless they are sick, injured, or there is an encounter or conflict with humans.

With people and wildlife living is such close proximity to each other it is important to recognize that conflicts with wildlife animals is bound to occur from time to time. With public safety as the top priority, the Police Department in partnership with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (Colorado Division of Wildlife) developed the City of Wheat Ridge Wildlife Management Plan.

City of Wheat Ridge Wildlife Management Plan
The Wheat Ridge Wildlife Management Plan puts in place strategies that will help citizens and visitors to our community to safely coexist with wildlife living in our community. Education is an important component of this plan. Additionally, the Police Department will provide timely notifications to the public in the event of an outbreak of disease or any threat of danger to the public by wildlife.

Education on Wildlife Animals
Education is key in safely and successfully coexisting with wildlife animals. The Community Services Team's primary goal is to educate the public about wildlife, in an effort to minimize those human behaviors that attract wildlife to residences. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife website is a valuable resource for citizens to learn more about wildlife animals and their habits as well as deterrents for nuisance wildlife.

Living with Wildlife:
  • To learn more about foxes, coyotes, raccoons and many waterfowl species of wildlife, go to the
    Colorado Parks and Wildlife'swebsite, select the tab on the left, "Living with Wildlife". From there you can select the species of your interest and learn about their feeding, nesting, and territory habits.
Public Notifications
The Police Department provides public notifications on wildlife animals that may pose a threat to the safety of the public.

Never handle an injured animal. You can call our non-emergency dispatch number at 303-237-2220 or the Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 303-291-7227.

Citizens can also call the Community Services Animal Control 303-235-2926.