Pets are Part of the Family
Wildlife exists throughout Broomfield, even in residential neighborhoods. Unattended pets can be seen as prey or "fair game." Those coyotes, foxes, owls, hawks, and eagles don't discern between a cute, cuddly pet
To avoid conflicts between wildlife and pets, here are some pointers:
- Keep cats indoors.
- Always supervise your pet outside. Do not leave your pet unattended in your yard.
- Keep dogs on leash.
- Avoid known or potential den sites and areas of thick vegetation.
- Do not allow dogs to "play" with coyotes or foxes.
- Do not leave pet food and water bowls outside.
Broomfield Municipal Code - 6-12-010 Running at large prohibited.
It is unlawful for any person owning or having charge of any animal, except an ordinary domesticated house cat and except for dogs used by the city for public health or public safety purposes, to permit the animal to run at large within the city. (
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.
Coexistence with Wildlife Policy
In January and February 2009, two separate coyote attacks on humans occurred in Broomfield. On March 24, 2009, City Council requested that staff develop a policy that addresses not only coyote conflicts, but also guidelines for wildlife issues and strategic actions to promote safe coexistence with wildlife in the community.
Staff prepared a Draft Coexistence with Wildlife Policy (“Draft Policy”). The purpose of the Draft Policy is: 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. The Draft Policy includes the following sections: 1) an overview of Broomfield’s wildlife habitat and conservation; 2) a Coexistence with Coyotes Policy; 3) a summary of the existing Policies for Prairie Dog Conservation and Management: 4) a Policy for Coexistence with other Wildlife; and 5) recommendations for potential future ordinances and guidelines.
The Open Space and Trails Advisory Committee, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, and Colorado Division of Wildlife helped to develop the Draft Policy.
The City Council reviewed the policy during a study session on April 20, 2010. There was a public open house on May 26, and additional comments were solicited from attendees. Residents were encouraged to send comments online until May 31, as well.
OSTAC and PRAC discussed the draft Policy at the joint meeting of the committees on July 22, and recommended that staff present the Policy to City Council for adoption.
The Policy was reviewed at the August 24, 2010 City Council meeting and approved, with some minor edits. The final Coexistence with Wildlife Policy is now available for viewing.