December is the beginning of coyote breeding season in Colorado. Coyotes are likely to be seen in pairs and become more territorial during this time and for the next couple of months. There have been resident reports of coyote sightings in areas around Town, especially on and around Tract H and in Community Park. Larger dogs (25 lbs. and up) may attract more attention than normal as coyotes watch out for potential competition. Keep dogs on a leash and attended when outside and never let them off leash in open spaces. Smaller dogs and cats can also draw unwanted attention if they are free roaming or left unattended outdoors as food is scarcer during cold winter months. Coyotes are also currently scouting den locations for spring pups. They'll prepare several areas so they can move pups around if a location becomes unsafe. If you notice a lot of activity in an unfavorable place (like backyards, playgrounds, etc.) spending time around the area will discourage coyote activity. If you encounter a coyote that shows attention to you or your pet face it, act large and scary, let it know that you are a potential threat and it should avoid you!
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