In 2013, the City of Wheat Ridge in cooperation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife developed the Coyote Management Plan. The purpose of the plan is to provide information on how to safely co-exist with coyotes. An essential component of the Coyote Management Plan is the hazing of coyotes. The plan requires active participation from the community in utilizing proven hazing methods and techniques in modifying coyote behaviors. It is important for our community to work together to instill the natural fear of humans back into the coyote. Public Safety is the main concern of the City of Wheat Ridge, and coyotes will be managed with human safety as the priority.
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 methods can be as simple as, yelling or screaming, clapping your hands or stomping your feet. By utilizing proven hazing methods and creating an uncomfortable environment, we can re-instill the fear of humans back into the coyote. Remember, that it may take several hazing attempts and continuous negative reinforcement to teach the coyote or any wildlife animal to avoid humans, pets and livestock. Coyotes can be taught to fear humans.
Protect Your Pets and Livestock!
Coyote conflicts can occur at anytime of the year, but they are most likely to occur during mating season (January through March). During mating season and through the late summer, the coyote is protective of their territory and offspring. Animals that may wonder into a coyote's territory may be at risk of an encounter or pet attack. Coyotes are active at all times of the day, but especially at dawn and dusk. Be aware of your surroundings.
Tips to avoid conflicts:
- If you, your pet or livestock animals are approached by a coyote, Haze them!
- Always walk your dog on a leash and never allow them to wander off, especially after dark
- Small dogs should wear a harness for easy pickup and removal
- Do not allow your pet to play or interact with coyotes
- Trim vegetation in your yard, to reduce hiding places for coyotes
- Stay with your pet when outside, or provide a fully enclosed kennel for protection
- Never feed coyotes!
- Remove attractants from your yard, including pet food, water resources and garbage cans
- Always supervise your pet when outside, especially at dawn and dusk
- Report negative encounters or conflicts with coyotes or other wildlife animals, to the Community Services Team at 303-235-2926.
Citizens and visitors can contact our non-emergency number at 303-237-2220 or contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 303-291-7227.