Two coyotes killed following recent aggressive incident in Boulder

City of Boulder

Colorado Parks and Wildlife this week killed two aggressive coyotes that surrounded a 5-year-old boy east of Foothills Parkway. One of the coyotes bit the boy. 

The University of Colorado Police Department would like to pass along the below news release on this incident. UCPD shares this info because coyotes have been spotted on East Campus in recent months.

On Dec. 29, 2012, a coyote bit an adult woman jogging on a trail near CU’s Research Park. Please be aware that coyotes have been spotted in open space areas and paths along Foothills Parkway. For safety tips, see: http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/LivingWithWildlife/Mammals/Pages/CoyoteCountry.aspx

Friday, March 15, 2013
City of Boulder / Colorado Parks and Wildlife
PRESS RELEASE

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), in collaboration with the City of Boulder, has killed two coyotes on City of Boulder property after an aggressive incident was reported Monday.  A young adult female coyote was shot during the evening of March 12, and an older adult male coyote was shot during the evening of March 14.  Both coyotes were on city open space east of Foothills Parkway, near the Boulder Creek Path.

The incident reported on Monday occurred over the weekend and involved a father and two 5-year-old boys who were in the area of the Boulder Creek Path.   The two boys were playing near the creek when the two coyotes surrounded them.  As one boy ran to his father, one of the coyotes chased him and bit his leg.  The bite resulted in a scratch, but fortunately, didn’t puncture the skin.

The city recently completed a four-week hazing program for coyotes in this area, trying to curtail recent reports of coyotes approaching or chasing humans, including one other bite.  The program ended in mid-February as reports dropped off and coyote patterns seemed to change.  This incident was the first reported since the hazing program ended.

“When a coyote attacks and bites a human, the situation has to be addressed,” said Larry Rogstad, area wildlife manager for Boulder Colorado Parks and Wildlife.  “From the patterns of behavior over the last month and a half and the recent bite, we felt these coyotes presented a risk to humans and, therefore, it was necessary to remove them. Thanks to a detailed report from the father, we are confident that we identified the same coyotes and that they were animals already known to resource officers from both organizations.”

“The city and the CPW worked together on this effort,” said city urban wildlife coordinator Valerie Matheson.  “While we never like to have to kill wild animals, all parties agreed that the coyotes involved in the incident could be identified and needed to be removed in order to ensure public safety in the area.  The action taken was in line with our management plan.”

Both the city and CPW will continue to monitor coyote activity in the area.  Aggressive incidents towards humans should be reported to Boulder at 303-441-3333 or CPW at 303-291-7227.

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