Coyote Information

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Denver Metro Area Coyote Behavior Study

From 2012 to 2017, Broomfield was a participant in the Denver Metro Area Coyote Behavior Study, led by Dr. Stewart Breck with the USDA National Wildlife Research Center. The study involved collaring coyotes in Broomfield and other metro areas with GPS tracking devices in order to learn more about their behavior and range. In December 2013, researchers also began reviewing community-based hazing of coyotes and how it may alter coyote behavior. Read more...

Guard Your Pets

Never leave pets in the yard by themselves! Always be in the yard with your pet.

Coyotes are opportunistic hunters. If they see an animal that they can easily prey upon,
they will take the opportunity! It’s up to you to keep your pet safe and that means
staying with them in the yard.

Attend your pet; If your pet is outside, be outside in the yard with them. Coyotes can scale even a 6-foot fence. Standing by the door will not deter coyotes from entering your yard. To a coyote, a pet is not protected if you are watching your pet from inside. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommends always being within 5 feet of your pet.
Your presence can help deter a coyote from making an attempt to prey on your pet.

Use the yard audit checklist to assess the safety of your yard. Please remember these
measures lower the risk but cannot remove it entirely. The best way to lower the risk of
an attack is to be in the yard with your pet!

Pets are Part of the Family

The wild animals throughout Broomfield, even in residential neighborhoods, think unattended pets are "fair game." Those coyotes, foxes, owls, hawks and eagles don't discern between a cute, cuddly pet and prey. To avoid conflicts between wildlife and pets, here are some pointers:
  • Keep cats indoors
  • Always supervise your pet outside. Do not leave your pet unattended in your yard
  • Keep dogs on a short leash (6ft. or less)
  • Avoid known or potential den sites and areas of thick vegetation
  • Do not allow dogs to "play" with coyotes or foxes
  • Do not leave pet food and water bowls outside
For additional information, see the Coyote FAQ or call 303.438.6216.

Final Report - Assessment of Human-Coyote Conflicts

In January 2012, three researchers, Dr. Stan Gehrt of Ohio State University, Dr. Julie Young of USDA-Wildlife Services Predatory Research Facility and Utah State University, and Dr. Seth Riley of the National Park Service and University of California-Los Angeles, visited Broomfield to identify management approaches or improvements to existing management protocols to reduce the likelihood of future human-coyote conflicts. You may read and download their full report.

Maps Showing Human-Coyote Encounters in Broomfield

Broomfield residents have experienced coyote encounters. You can view a map of incidents reported in Broomfield since 2009 (current through February 2018) and a map of 2017 encounters.

Important Contact Numbers for Coyote Concerns:

For general information or concerns about coyotes, please call:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife
(This office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Beyond these hours, calls will be forwarded to the Colorado State Patrol only if the concern is an emergency.)

To report a coyote emergency where there has been an attack on a human, please call:

Broomfield Police Department at 911

To report the loss of a pet to a coyote, please call:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

If the pet was attacked while on leash, you may also call the Broomfield Police Department Animal Control at 303.438.6400.

For additional information about coyotes, please call:

Broomfield Wildlife Masters Volunteer Program. Access the Wildlife Help Line at 303.464.5554.