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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. 

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