Safety tips

Tips from wildlife officials for limiting coyote encounters and what to do if you have one include:

• Always supervise your pet when outside, especially at dawn and dusk.

• Never leave cats or dogs outside after dark.

• If you must leave your pet outside, secure it in a fully enclosed kennel.

• Pick up small pets if confronted by a coyote.

• Keep pets on a 6-foot leash when walking.

• Remove attractants from your yard, including pet food, water sources, bird feeders and fallen fruit.

• Secure trash in a container with a locking lid and put trash out the morning of the scheduled pick-up.

• Never feed coyotes.

• If you meet a coyote, make it feel unwelcome by yelling, throwing rocks and sticks at it, stamping your feet, spraying it with a hose or banging pots and pans.

• Make yourself appear to be big and use a loud authoritative voice to keep coyotes away.

For more information about coyotes and Broomfield's coexistence policy, visit broomfield.org and click "Open Space and Trails."

For questions about Broomfield's Coexistence with Wildlife Policy, call Broomfield Open Space and Trails at 303-438-6216.

To report a coyote emergency in which there has been an attack on a human, dial 911.

Several trails at The Field open space remain closed because of aggressive coyotes.

Broomfield on May 27 closed several trails at The Field because of reports of coyotes coming close to on-leash dogs. The coyotes bared their teeth or displayed other aggressive behavior.

Those trails are still closed as of Monday.

Officials said it is likely the coyotes are territorial because they recently had pups. Coyotes are sometimes more territorial when they have young to care for, said Open Space and Trails director Kristan Pritz.

There have been no reports of pets or people who have been harmed, and Open Space and Trails will continue to assess the area on a weekly basis to determine when it will be appropriate to re-open the trails, said Open Space and Trails coordinator Pete Dunlaevy.

Dunlaevy said officials have seen at least six coyote pups in the area, and adult coyotes are likely still taking care of their young.

Trails could open when it appears coyotes feel less threatened or aggressive because of their young, he said.

"We're still monitoring, but things could certainly change in the coming days ... as the pups get older and more self-sufficient," he said.

Broomfield has been carrying out hazing techniques to scare coyotes away, but will only haze coyotes that seem aggressive, not coyotes that appear to be nursing or taking care of pups, Pritz said.

Broomfield and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have been communicating about the best ways to manage interactions between pets, humans and coyotes.

"We're just trying to be preventative," Dunlaevy said.

The hazing techniques are part of the city's coexistence policy, which recognizes that coyotes live in the area. It asks residents to help establish clear boundaries between humans and coyotes that can prevent attacks or unwanted confrontations. If a coyote gets too close, residents are asked to haze the coyotes by throwing rocks or yelling.

Coyotes are found all along the Front Range in many metro-area cities.

The best approach to living with coyotes is education and coexistence, Pritz said.

Contact Enterprise Staff Writer Megan Quinn at 303-410-2649 or quinnm@broomfieldenterprise.com