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Living With Wildlife

Skunk rabies is on the rise in Jefferson County.  Eleven have tested positive in Jefferson County in the first quarter of 2017, including several in Arvada.  For more information, visit the Jefferson County Health Department.

The City of Arvada has many natural areas that provide shelter, water and food for wildlife to flourish among humans. 

Conflicts can occur between animals and humans; however, many of these can be avoidable. For example, intentional and/or inadvertent feeding is the major cause of most wildlife problems.  

Animal-Proof Your Home

  • Secure garbage cans with lids and if possible, store cans in garage until trash pick-up.
  • Regularly inspect patios, sheds, chimneys, and other open spaces around your home.
  • Keep pet food inside of your home.
  • Install chimney caps, screens off the openings to the attic vent and cover open spaces to porches and decks.

Trapping and relocating wildlife is discouraged as it leaves a void for other wildlife to move into the territory. In addition, trapping and relocating animals may result in unnecessary suffering, starvation and ultimately their death.