Coyotes have lived in Highlands Ranch well before the community was established; that's more than 36 years. As a result, coyotes have learned to adapt to living among people, and in some instances, have adopted bad habits of venturing into neighborhoods to find additional food sources.
In late summer and early fall, coyote pups start to venture out on their own. Because they grew up in an urban setting, they are more brazen and may be more likely to seek food in neighborhoods. As a result, it is important to take necessary steps to keep coyotes out of your yard and out of our neighborhoods for the safety of the coyotes, pets and residents alike.
Simple things you can do to deter coyotes from your yard include:
- Secure all trash containers.
- Keep pet food indoors.
- Burn food off BBQ grills and clean after each use.
- Fully enclose gardens and compost piles.
If you see coyotes in your neighborhood and feel they are a little too close for comfort, haze the animals to scare them off and let them know they shouldn't be there. This includes yelling, throwing rocks, spraying them with a hose or blowing a whistle.
To learn more about living with coyotes, including additional hazing techniques, visit the Metro District's Open Space Information Center on its website by