Coexistence with Wildlife Policy
On August 24, 2010, Broomfield City Council adopted the Coexistence with Wildlife Policy
This policy was drafted to do the following: 1) to increase the community’s knowledge and understanding of how to safely live with wildlife; 2) to foster an appreciation and enjoyment of local wildlife; and 3) to develop guidelines for response to conflicts with wildlife.
Wildlife and Environmental Clearance Letter Required
Prior to development or construction on land in Broomfield, a 20-day wildlife and environmental clearance letter is required and must be approved by Broomfield staff. The purpose of this letter is to confirm that any environmental or wildlife concerns on the site have been reviewed and addressed prior to construction activities on the land. Please review a more detailed description of the 20-day clearance letter here.
Those Plentiful Rabbits. . .
It seems like there are more rabbits than ever in neighborhoods throughout the Denver metro area. The reason behind the increase is not clear. In Broomfield, Open Space staff feel that one factor could be that about three or four years ago, some of Broomfield's foxes came down with mange, a skin disease caused by mites. Serious cases of mange thinned out the fox population, and foxes are a major rabbit predator.
When summer gets hotter and drier, some of the rabbits' favorite areas tend to be neighborhood lawns and landscaped areas. Landscaping provides a real smorgasbord of tasty treats—tree roots, lawns, and summertime flowers.
Rabbits can sometimes chew grass down to the roots, causing bare spots, and eat many seedlings, flowers, and shrubs that homeowners have planted to beautify their landscape.
Residents should consider making landscaping adjustments if they want to keep the rabbits out of their yards. If there is evidence of rabbits around your home, modifications can reduce the opportunities for rabbits to take up residence. Autumn is the best time to make changes as the babies are out of the nest by then. Try these methods of reducing rabbit attraction:
Organic repellents also can be purchased at hardware and garden shops. More information on repellents. .
In the case of rabbits, CPW statute permits property owners to trap but has regulations that apply to this process. This solution is not recommended as more rabbits typically move back into the area that has been trapped. However, if this process is used, compliance with the applicable CPW regulations and permits is required. CPW should be contacted to find out the latest requirements. However, be aware that Broomfield Municipal Code prohibits the discharge of weapons in this circumstance.
Skunks live in dens. They either create one themselves by digging, or they take over an existing den that they find. Porches provide an attractive denning area to skunks and other species of wildlife because they are safe, stable structures for them. Skunks will also choose a denning location based on food and water availability. For these reasons, a skunk may choose to use your porch or deck as a shelter!
Why are Woodpeckers banging on my house?
The Northern Flicker (colaptes auratus) is a woodpecker that is 7” to 15” in length with brown, barred back and black spotted under-parts. You will probably hear it drumming on gutters, metal pipes, or siding. The drumming starts in early spring and usually ends by July 1. Drumming is most frequent in early morning and late afternoon. Woodpeckers drum to establish territory, locate a mate, search for insects, or excavate a nest site. Cedar or redwood siding, gutters, or roof vent pipes produce loud sounds and are preferred by the flicker. Damage can be done to stucco, plywood, Masonite, cedar, rough pine, and redwood siding.
Flickers have a distinctive black crescent bib and a long black bill, short legs, a stiff tail, and sharp-clawed toes. Males have a red mustache located under each eye. Northern Flickers are easily identified during flight by the orange tint under their wings and a white rump patch. Most woodpeckers eat insects, berries, tree sap, and vegetable matter.
Controlling flicker damage occurs by exclusion, scare devices, preventative construction, or a combination of all three. A form of exclusion would be to attach cloth or plastic netting at an angle, from the eaves to the siding, below the damaged area. Hooks or dowels can be used for this attachment.
Scare devices include hawk silhouettes, mirrors, plastic strips, and pinwheels. The hawk silhouette can be made of cardboard and should have a wingspan of at least 22” and length of 11”. The silhouette should be painted a dark color and hung from the eaves or attached to the siding at the damaged area. It is best to place a silhouette on each side of the damaged area. Shaving or cosmetic mirrors located at the damaged site work to enlarge the image and frighten the woodpecker. Plastic strips (possibly cut from a garbage bag) should be approximately 1” wide and 2’ to 3’ long. Pinwheels should be 12” in diameter. Both the plastic strips and the pinwheel should be placed at the damaged spot.
Preventative construction includes prompt repair of woodpecker holes. Cover the drilled area with aluminum flashing, tin can tops, or metal sheathing. Be sure to paint the metal to match the siding.
Few chemicals are effective repellents for woodpeckers. Sticky bird repellents (Tanglefoot R or Roost-No-More R) applied to the damaged area may repel the woodpecker but may also stain the siding in hot weather.
All North American woodpeckers are cavity nesters. Noting this, another solution would be to place a nest box on the home at or near the damaged area. Nest boxes are worth trying when all other methods fail.
For more information about flickers, call the Broomfield Wildlife Masters Hotline at 303.464.5554.
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