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    Animal Control Office

    Animal-Control@jeffco.us
    303-271-5070

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

    Contact Us

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

    After-hours and animal emergencies

    24 hours a day/ seven days a week
    303-277-0211

  • Coyotes Conflicts and How to Avoid Them

     

    Protect Your Pet  |   Coyote Behavior Maps  |  Report Coyote Behavior

    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.

    • 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

    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]. Report people feeding coyotes to Colorado Parks and Wildlife External Link Icon at 303-291-7227. 

    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.

    Coyote Safety Videos

    Coyote Breeding SeasonVideo Icon 
    'Nature Notes' about CoyotesVideo Icon 
    The highly-adaptable coyote and how to better coexist. Video Icon 

    Protect your Pets

    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. 

    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 Encounter 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. You may also report the coyote behavior using the form below. 

    In the case of a coyote attack on a human, call 911. Notification will be made to Colorado Parks and Wildlife External Link Icon so that they can track and/or destroy the animal. 

    Coyote Behavior Tracking

    Animal Control Officers track coyote observations, sightings, encounters and pet attacks in unincorporated Jefferson County.The coyote behavior maps are interactive. You may search specific locations for tracking data. Please click on the year of interest below.

    2017 Coyote Behavior Map You are now leaving the jeffco.us website to an external site

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

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