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CoyoteCoyote Behavior
Coyote behavior is specific to the environment in which they live. In the wild where they are actively hunted and trapped, coyotes are generally elusive. In urban settings, coyotes can lose their fear of people and may threaten domestic pets.

In the Village, coyotes are comfortable in areas where there is appropriate food, water, shelter and space. Coyotes are more active hunters in the months of August through late November. Coyote pups are born April through May, and are taught to hunt at approximately 12 weeks. The litter size is determined by the local coyote population density and food availability. The pups disperse from the family at approximately 20 weeks of age. The disbursement of the young coyotes will often result in more coyote sightings.

Coyotes are generally nocturnal and sometimes diurnal, thus it is not unusual to observe coyotes during the day. Coyotes are opportunistic hunters and will adjust their diets depending on the food source that is available. As a result, people must be aware of their presence and take precautions to avoid conflict with them.

Guidelines for Coyote Encounters
Adhering to the following guidelines will help reduce negative encounters with coyotes:
  • Protect your Pets! Coyotes will attack and kill cats and dogs.
  • Do not allow your pets to roam, especially at night. Keep them inside if possible.
  • Keep your pets on leash when walking them.
  • Keep your pets inside at night if at all possible
  • Do not leave food or water outside for your pets.
  • Do not feed the coyotes! Doing so can make them less afraid of humans and potentially more dangerous. Plus, this is illegal!
  • Protect livestock, especially chickens, young calves and sheep.
  • If you observe coyotes in the area, throw rocks and make loud noises causing the coyote to feel threatened when around people.
  • If you or your pet is confronted by a coyote, use a loud authoritative voice to frighten the coyote. Throw rocks and become as big as possible, encouraging dominance on your behalf toward the coyote.
  • Parents are encouraged to tell children to treat coyotes (as well as all wildlife) as they would a stranger.
  • Garbage should not be kept outside, and should be placed in secured tightly sealed containers. Cans should be cleaned regularly with a chlorine bleach and water solution.
  • Trim and remove any near ground-level shrubs and branches that provide hiding cover or den sites for coyotes or their prey.
  • Remove bird feeders. Coyotes are attracted to the birds and rodents that come to the feeders.
  • To report aggressive coyote behavior, please call 9-1-1.

Coyote Laws
State law (Colorado Revised Statute 33-6-107(9)) allows you to manage coyotes that are causing damage to your property. This management may only be performed on your property. Contact the Greenwood Village Police Department to find out what options are permitted.

C.R.S. 33-6-128 Damage or destruction of dens or nests – harassment of wildlife states: “unless permitted by the division (of Wildlife), it is unlawful for any person to willfully damage or destroy any wildlife den.”

C.R.S. 33-6-130 Explosives, toxicants, and poisons not to be used states: “unless permitted by law or by the division (of Wildlife), it is unlawful for any person to use toxicants, poisons, drugs, dynamite, explosives, or any stupefying substances for the purpose of hunting, taking or harassing any wildlife.” 

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