Coyote Update from the Erie Police Department
Over the last six months, the Erie Police Department has worked closely with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to document and address concerns Erie residents have had with coyote interactions.
During this time, CPW utilized targeted patrols on coyotes. CPW and Erie Police officers frequently patrolled areas experiencing increased levels of conflict. Due to the high number of pet predations, CPW tracked where interactions took place in an attempt to better understand more about the coyote’s habits and educate nearby residents about how to protect their pets.
Several of the reported pet attacks occurred in close proximity to people and the behavior of one or more coyotes indicated a potential threat to human safety. As a result CPW partnered with Wildlife Services with APHIS/USDA to help manage this concern.
Beginning in January 2018, CPW obtained an exemption to utilize foot-hold traps from both Boulder and Weld County Health Departments that allowed Wildlife Services to use traps specifically designed not to kill. Between the months of January and February, Wildlife Services trapped and killed four coyotes; 1 female and 3 males. Since this time, there have not been any reports of aggressive coyotes in Erie.
In another effort to help mitigate coyote interactions, CPW asked for volunteers to serve on a Coyote Crew in Erie. This group of volunteers were trained and will now provide assistance to CPW in educating community members on how to co-exist with coyotes and will respond to situations involving coyote interactions with people.
All agencies involved recognize there are still coyotes in the Erie area and offer the following recommendations:
- Residents should always be aware of their surroundings when participating in outdoor recreation activities with their pets and should keep dogs on a leash.
- Residents still need to use caution when letting their animals outside by themselves, especially those residents who live along open space corridors.
- Residents should take an active role in keeping the coyotes in their community wild by removing attractants and taking responsibility for pet safety.
- Residents should haze coyotes when appropriate and work with their neighbors and HOA’s by learning about coyote ecology and behavior.
- View more information from the Town of Erie and CPW here.
The Town of Erie Police Department appreciates the assistance provided by CPW and Wildlife Services during this sensitive time.