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    Animal Control Office

    Monday - Friday
    7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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    700 Jefferson County Pkwy.
    Ste. 160
    Golden, CO 80401

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    24 hours a day/ seven days a week

  • Coyotes Conflicts and How to Avoid Them


    Protect Your Pet  |   Coyote Behavior Maps  |  Report Coyote Behavior

    Why are they Here?

    Residential areas provide habitat for coyotes. Plentiful food sources exist, such as mice, rabbits and voles. These small animals feed on birdseed, berries and garbage, which are commonly found and easily accessible. Shelter and water can be found in landscaped parks and yards. Space is plentiful throughout parks, trails and natural areas. As coyotes have adapted to the presence of humans, they have lost their natural fear of us.

    Coyotes are attracted to neighborhoods due to the availability of garbage, pet food and even pets, which coyotes see as prey. The following list illustrates some of the attractants that draw coyotes close to people. Remove these attractants to discourage coyotes from visiting your property:

    • Outdoor pet food or water
    • Birdseed or food sources that attract small mammals
    • Accessible garbage or compost
    • Fallen fruit or berries from trees or shrubs
    • Shrubs, woodpiles, decks or any other structure that can provide cover or be used as a den
    • Dogs and cats allowed to roam free, and/or female dogs in heat

    Discourage a Coyote's Approach

    Every citizen can help both people and coyotes by taking action to re-instill them with a healthy and natural fear of people. Clap your hands, yell, honk an airhorn or throw small rocks or sticks when you see coyotes so they can relearn to avoid humans.

    • Be as big and loud as possible
    • Wave your arms, clap and throw objects at the coyote
    • Shout in a loud and authoritative voice
    • Do not run or turn your back on the coyote
    • Face the coyote and back away slowly

    When are Coyotes a Risk to You?

    Although naturally curious, coyotes are usually timid animals and normally run away if confronted. Coyote attacks on humans are rare. In many cases these attacks occur as a result of people feeding coyotes. Coyotes have adequate food supplies and are capable of surviving in the city without our help. A coyote that associates humans with food may become demanding and aggressive.  Habituation can cause coyotes to lose their healthy and natural fear of people, become territorial and sometimes aggressive. Coloradoans can share the landscape with these wild neighbors by following three important tips:

    • Don't feed wildlife!
    • Protect your pets!
    • Haze coyote when you see them!

    Teach Your Children

    • Never approach wild animals or dogs you don't know!
    • If a coyote approaches you, wave your arms, stomp your feet and tell it loudly to go away!
    • Call for help
    • If the animal doesn't leave, walk out of the area, keeping the animal in your sight.

    If a Coyote Attacks a Human

    In the case of a coyote attack on a human, call 911. The sheriff's office will respond and will notify the Colorado Parks and Wildlife External Link Icon so that they can track and/or destroy the animal. 

    How Can you Protect your Pet?

    Coyotes may view domestic pets as a food source, and large dogs as a threat or possible mate. Coyotes have taken pets from backyards, open spaces and even right off the leash. Keep your pet current on vaccinations. Reduce the risk to your pet by following these guidelines:

    Cat Owners

    The only way to guarantee your cat's safety is to keep it indoors.  Outdoor cats also face potential death from cars, diseases, foxes, parasites, raccoons, dogs and birds of prey, such as owls.

    Dog Owners

    • Always supervise your pet outside, especially at dawn and dusk.
    • Keep your dog on a short leash while recreating - avoid retractable leashes.
    • Do not allow your dog off leash.
    • Do not allow your dog to play or interact with a coyote.
    • If possible, pick up your dog when coyotes are visible.
    • Avoid known or potential den sites and thick vegetation. Like domestic dogs, coyotes will defend their territory and their young.
    • If you must leave your dog outside, secure it in a fully enclosed kennel.

    If You Have an Incident with a Coyote

    If a coyote attacks your pet, or if you have an unexpected encounter with a coyote in which the animal appears aggressive, please report the incident to Animal Control at 303-271-5070 or 303-277-0211 after normal business hours.

    A coyote that bites a person must be destroyed. By feeding coyotes you put yourself, the neighborhood and coyotes at risk. It is unlawful to feed or intentionally attract coyotes in Jefferson County [CPW regulation #021].

    Coyote Videos

    Coyote Breeding SeasonVideo Icon 

    'Nature Notes' about CoyotesVideo Icon 

    The highly-adaptable coyote and how to better coexistVideo Icon 

    Coyote Behavior Maps

    The Animal Control Officers track coyote observations, sightings, encounters and pet attacks in unincorporated Jefferson County.  In 2015, the map became interactive allowing users to search activity within a desired location. Visit the years' maps below.

    2016 Coyote Behavior Map You are now leaving the website to an external site 
    2015 Coyote Behavior Map You are now leaving the website to an external site 
    2014 Coyote Behavior Map You are now leaving the website to an external site 

    For years prior to 2014 you may view the below pdf's for coyote behavior in unincorporated Jefferson County. 

    2008 Adobe PDF Icon
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    2012 Adobe PDF Icon


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