There have been several reports of coyote sightings along Front Range cities, including Lafayette. Coyotes are a naturally occurring species in our area, and have adapted well to to live among human populations in urban environments.
January is coyote mating season which may involve more aggressive behavior from male coyotes as they mark their territories and set their mating perimeter boundaries. Coyotes have been reported to attack small animals including dogs and cats. They see these other species as prey or threats to their mating boundaries.
Please remember to keep dogs on a leash at all times, be aware of your surroundings, and do not turn your back to a coyote at any time. When walking alone or with pets on leash, make loud sounds or carry a cow bell or similar item that makes loud sounds. Please do not leave pets unattended in back yards and never leave pet food outside.
For more information on how to protect yourself and your pets, and for other tips on how to avoid conflict and coexist with coyotes, please visit the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website. You are encouraged to call Colorado Parks & Wildlife at 303-291-7227 to report aggressive behavior.