In light of a recent incident in which a dog was attacked by a coyote in Crown Homes, the City's Community Services Division would like to remind the public the importance of protecting your pets. See guidelines below:
HELP PROTECT YOUR PET FROM COYOTE ENCOUNTERS
WHILE OUT WALKING:
- Keep your pet on a leash (There is a leash law in the City of Brighton).
- Walk your pet after sunrise or before sunset.
- Go for walks in well-trafficked areas.
ON YOUR PROPERTY:
- DO NOT PURPOSELY FEED THE WILDLIFE.
- Do not leave your dog outside unsupervised – It only takes a few seconds.
- Keep cats in the house (Cats cannot be off your property without a leash under the City of Brighton animal laws).
- Be extra vigilant if there are backyard animals in the neighborhood such as chickens, rabbits or livestock (where allowed).
- Do not keep pet food outside. Don’t feed your pets outside, be conscious of bird seed that falls to the ground. The seeds can attract coyotes.
- Securely cover trash cans.
- Clean your grill after each use.
- Pick up dog waste daily.
- Place motion detection lights on your property.
- Coyote Vests are an option that may help for some dogs.
- Coyote Rollers can be placed on the top of the privacy fence. There are plans available online for this project.
While none of these methods are guaranteed, they can help to deter encounters and possible attacks. If you have any questions, you can call the Brighton Community Services Division at (303) 655-2025 or Colorado Parks and Wildlife at (303) 291-7227.