Wildlife sightings are frequently reported in Foxfield. In most situations, people and wildlife can coexist. The key is to respect the wildness of wildlife. Most dangerous and potentially harmful encounters occur because people fail to leave the animals alone. Wildlife should not be harassed, captured, domesticated or—in most cases—fed. Intentional or inadvertent feeding is the major cause of most wildlife problems, and it is illegal to feed wildlife in Colorado.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife website offers a lot of helpful information on what to do if you come in contact with a coyote or other wildlife.
Coyotes are a fact of life in our area: they have adapted well to living in this environment and their numbers can't be impacted over the long-term by attempts to control or reduce their population. Under State regulations, coyotes can't be relocated to other areas. However, communities can safely coexist with coyotes if they are given the right tools.
Town Board members have researched coyote issues and met with other regional agencies to share ideas on the topic. The result is a Coyote Management Plan that offers solutions the Town can implement to reduce fear and conflicts people may have with coyotes. It also prescribes the Town's response when coyote activity could pose a safety risk to people. Residents should use the Coyote Incident Report to report coyote activity in Foxfield. The Town will track the information submitted.
Coyotes are establishing and protecting their territories and may perceive any canine - large or small- as a threat. Smaller dogs and cats may be perceived as prey at any time of year. Coyotes can be active any time of day or night so steps should be taken to protect your pets at all times.
Coyotes, foxes and other wildlife are abundant in urban areas. Residents are encouraged to be aware of their wild neighbors and to do their part to prevent conflicts. Please keep in mind the following tips in case you come into contact with a coyote.
Tips to Remember
Discouraging Coyotes near Homes
- Frighten coyotes with loud noises.
- Remove all food attractants from yards such as pet food, table scraps on compost piles, fallen fruit and birdseed.
- Trim or remove vegetation and brush that provides cover for prey (such as mice and rabbits) and hiding cover for coyotes; trim lower limbs of shrubs and conifer trees.
- Keep all trash out of reach of coyotes; do not leave your trash out any longer than necessary and make sure the containers are coyote-proof.
- Keep pets in fenced areas or kennels to minimize encounters; many coyotes can scale a six-foot fence.
- Attend your pets when they are in the yard, especially at night.
- Keep cats indoors.
- Pet kennels and runs should have a fully-enclosed roof.
- Keep pets on a short leash when walking them in open space areas.
- Do not allow pets to run loose in areas where there is coyote activity.
- Keep pets vaccinated.
Protecting Yourself and Your Family
- Although rare, coyotes have been known to injure people. Most of these incidents involved people feeding them. Teach your family about urban wildlife and never feed wildlife.
- Coyotes are usually wary of humans and will avoid people whenever possible. If a coyote does approach you, haze it by making loud noises, yelling, throwing objects or make yourself look big.
- If a coyote is in your yard, haze it out of there.
- Never feed or attempt to "tame" a coyote.
- Teach your children to be SMART if they have an encounter with a coyote or other predator:
Stop, do not run or turn your back to it.
Make yourself look bigger by lifting your arms or pulling your jacket over your head.
Announce your presence loudly and firmly such as “LEAVE ME ALONE!”
Retreat by backing away slowly.
Tell an adult of your encounter.
Coyote Incident Form
Foxfield residents are encouraged to report coyote incidents using the form below.