Broomfield is home to a variety of wild animals. Some have adapted to suburban life and live in yards, storm sewers, and chimneys. Broomfield's large open spaces and city parks can be an inviting place for coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and other animals to forage for food. This includes many different types of food ranging from garbage to small mammals and birds. Unfortunately, they may also prey on domestic cats or dogs so it's always a good idea to monitor your pet while outside, even if you aren't aware of anything in your area.
The City and County of Broomfield has been informed about Avian Flu infections in some of our bird populations.
Our staff is working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to take appropriate measures to keep our community and other wildlife safe.
While the human health risks from Avian Flu are low according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CPW recommends that people do not touch dead or diseased wild birds and do not let your pets near them or their droppings.
For more information on Avian Flu and to report dead or diseased birds, please visit www.broomfield.org/AvianFlu.
Take these precautions to help ensure the safety of your pet:
- Do not leave pet food or garbage outside
- Do not intentionally or unintentionally feed wildlife
- Do not leave dogs or cats outside unattended (coyotes can jump over a 6-foot fence)
- Make sure your pets' vaccinations are current
- Pets should be leashed and attended when off of the owner's property
- Use extra caution dusk through dawn
- Avoid known or potential den sites and areas of thick vegetation
- Do not allow dogs to "play" with coyotes or foxes
- Consider utilizing a covered dog run
If confronted by a coyote, persons should shout or make some other loud noise to frighten the animal away. For additional information, please refer to Your Guide to Avoiding Human-Coyote Conflicts. You may call Colorado Parks and Wildlife if you have concerns or complaints regarding wildlife.
In 2010, Broomfield developed a policy that addresses guidelines for wildlife issues and strategic actions to promote safe coexistence with wildlife in the community. The Coexistence with Wildlife Policy addresses coyotes, incorporates the Prairie Dog Policy, and also includes brief summaries of information about other urban wildlife species. For more information, please visit the Broomfield Open Space and Trails or Colorado Parks and Wildlife web pages.
|Colorado Parks and Wildlife|
|Urban Wildlife Rescue|
|Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center|
How to properly dispose of deceased wildlife:
1. Wear gloves when disposing of dead animals.
2. Use a long-handled shovel to pick up the dead animal.
3. Place the plastic bag on the ground.
4. Using the shovel, place the animal in the plastic bag.
5. Tie a knot in the bag.
6. Double bag the animal if necessary.
7. Dispose of the bag in a covered outdoor trash container.