Friday, March 22, 2013

City of Lone Tree / Coyotes

I thought the following information may be of interest to Enclave owners:

How to Protect Yourself and Your Pets against Coyote Encounters

For people living in Lone Tree, it’s not uncommon to encounter coyotes. For that reason, the
City of Lone Tree has adopted a Coyote Management Plan which includes a system of
tracking coyote sightings and contacts through an online incident reporting system. The
Management Plan uses education and hazing to assist in promoting a safe environment for
both the resident and coyote. It also outlines the necessary level of response performed by
managing agencies when interactions occur.

Recently, the Lone Tree Police Department learned of two serious coyote incidents involving
pets attacked by coyotes in the Heritage Hills subdivision. Coyote activity increases during
breeding season which occurs in late winter and early spring. Pups are born from April to
mid-May and adults can be overly protective of their young and their den during this time.

The Police Department encourages residents to use the online incident reporting system
found at www.cityoflonetree.com/coyotereport or to call 720-509-1399 to report any coyote
sighting.

The following are things you can do if you spot a coyote in your neighborhood or near your
home:
  • Frighten coyotes with loud noises
  • Throw rocks or sticks at the animal
  • Keep garbage in a tightly sealed container
  • In your yard, remove pet food, fallen fruit and spilled seed beneath birdfeeders
  • Use yard lights or motion detectors to frighten them away
  • Keep pets in fenced areas or covered kennels
  • Stay with your pets and small children while outdoors
  • Do not allow pets to run loose; keep them on a leash
  • Do not run from coyotes: Stand your ground and make yourself look big by waiving your arms and yelling at them. Teach children to do the same
  • Do not intentionally feed coyotes or let your pets play with them

In 2012, the City of Lone Tree established a Coyote Management Team made up of
concerned citizens willing to spend volunteer hours patrolling City parks, open spaces and
trails to educate and inform the public as well as deter coyotes by actively hazing them.
Members of the team have been trained by the Colorado Parks &Wildlife and are led by Lone
Tree police staff. Hazing techniques are designed to move an animal out of an area and
discourage undesirable behavior by using techniques such as spraying water, loud noises,
bright lights and may include pepper spray, paint ball guns and other non-lethal methods.

Residents are reminded to not make any attempt to approach, capture or feed coyotes as
they are wild animals and may become aggressive if they feel threatened. Feeding coyotes
is prohibited by Colorado State Statute and Lone Tree’s City Ordinance. Please notify the
Lone Tree Police Department if you observe coyotes close to homes or people.

To learn more about the City’s Coyote Management Plan, the Coyote Management Team, or
for tips about living with wildlife, visit www.cityoflonetree.com/wildlife.

For additional information on coyotes, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website:
http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/LivingWithWildlife/Mammals/Pages/CoyoteCountry.aspx