Coyotes roam parks and yards in Englewood. They are a problem, but the city can manage the issue. That was part of the comments Englewood Police …
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Coyotes roam parks and yards in Englewood. They are a problem,
but the city can manage the issue.
That was part of the comments Englewood Police Chief Tom
Vandermee made to the city council during the March 2 study
Vandermee and Police Commander Gary Condreay made the
presentation to the council in light of the recent publicity about
human run-ins with coyotes.
Condreay said he found the Feb. 11 coyote symposium put on by
the Colorado Department of Wildlife very informative, including
reports from a number of area communities about their programs to
deal with the animals.
He said a record check indicated that, prior to two weeks ago,
there were four reports about coyotes. Two were sightings, one was
a report of two coyotes attacking a cat and one was a report of a
coyote attacking a goose.
However, two weeks ago, police officers on patrol were asked to
report coyote sightings and there have been nine sightings reported
in that time span. Most of the reports are from officers on the
late night shift, Condreay said.
At the symposium, the police commander said wildlife officials
said in just about every case of human-coyote attacks, someone in
that area has been either feeding the animals or leaving food out
The state officials said a cardinal rule is not to provide an
easily accessible food source and generally coyotes won’t hang
around. Their suggestions, since coyotes eat just about anything,
is not to set food for your pets outside the house, keep trash in
secured cans and pick up fruit that drops off your trees because
coyotes will eat that too.
Englewood police officials said the city plan is to have patrol
officers harass coyotes when they sight them by throwing things at
them and yelling at them because, according to experts, harassed
coyotes will leave the area.
Additionally, the city plans to work with the division of
wildlife to distribute educational information about coyotes and
how to keep them away.
However, if there are reports of aggressive coyotes, the city
will seek assistance from wildlife division professionals to help
identify the animal and either move it out of the area, or if
absolutely necessary, put it down.
John Watson, an Englewood resident who lives near Belleview
Park, said he usually gets home from his job about 3 a.m. and
frequently sees coyotes in that area. However, he said none have
been aggressive or hung around when he takes his little dog for a
He added that he has been reading about the recent coyote
attacks and now carries a number of stones with him to throw at the
animals when he sees them.
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