The City of Wheat Ridge in cooperation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife have developed a Coyote Management Plan. The purpose of the plan is to provide information on how to safely co-exist with coyotes. The plan includes a variety of educational pieces and techniques that have been proven to be successful in the management of human- coyotes conflicts. The plan requires active participation from the community in utilizing proven methods to modify coyote behaviors. Public Safety is the main concern of the City of Wheat Ridge, and coyotes will be managed with human safety as the priority.
Coyotes are active year around and become more visible during mating season, which occurs from February through March. Coyotes are extremely adaptable animals, and they can live and den in parks, open spaces and yards. As the coyote has adapted well to the urban environment, their fear of humans has diminished. It is important for our community to work together to re-instill the natural fear of humans back into the coyote with negative reinforcement.
What is hazing?
Hazing is a method that makes use of deterrents to create an uncomfortable environment and discourages undesirable behaviors in wildlife animals. Hazing can be as simple as clapping your hands, stomping your feet or yelling and screaming. Remember that it may take several attempts of consistent negative reinforcement (hazing) to teach the animal to avoid humans and pets.
Things to Remember
When walking your pet always keep the dog leashed and close by your side. Never allow your dog or any pet to play with wildlife animals.
If you are approached by a coyote, haze them immediately. Never feed coyotes!
Remove attractants from your yard, including pet food, water sources and garbage cans.
Never handle an injured animal.
For more information on the City of Wheat Ridge Coyote Management Plan, go to Coyote Management Plan or contact the Community Services Team at 303-235-2926.
Citizens can contact our non-emergency number at 303-237-2220 or contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 303-291-7227.