For emergencies involving coyotes call 911.
Winter safety tips: As days shorten and get colder, coyote activity normally increases in due to breeding season.
- Monitor your pets outdoors, especially cats and smaller dogs, as coyotes may view them as a food source or perceive them as a threat to their territory.
- Accompanying your pet outside as coyotes are typically wary of humans.
- Add spotlights to the yard, coyote rollers to fence tops and announce your presence when pets go outside.
- If you do see a coyote, haze it by making noise and continue to pester it until it leaves.
If You Encounter a Coyote
Coyotes generally are scared of humans and it is exceedingly rare to have a coyote bite or attack a human; however, Arvada Animal Management encourages residents to use hazing techniques such as shouting, clapping hands, exaggerated arm gestures and stomping feet if they see a coyote.
How to Discourage Coyote Familiarity
- NEVER feed a coyote.
- Do not leave pet food outside, day or night.
- Do not leave trash uncovered. Make sure dumpsters are covered at all times.
- Do not encourage them into our neighborhoods and yards.
How to Protect Your Pets
- When walking your dog, keep your dog on a leash.
- Keep cats indoors. Outdoor cats are at risk of becoming prey to coyotes (and other predators).
- Supervise pets in backyards that back to open space or greenbelts where coyotes have been documented.
Reporting Coyote Activity
You can submit a request online or call Arvada Animal Management at 720-898-6850.