Open season on coyotes in Greenwood V...

Open season on coyotes in Greenwood Village

There are 72 comments on the Fox 31 KDVR story from Feb 9, 2010, titled Open season on coyotes in Greenwood Village. In it, Fox 31 KDVR reports that:

Almost a year after Greenwood Village began to use lethal control as an option for its menacing coyote problem, officers have shot 13 coyotes; eight since November.

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Weezy22

Denver, CO

#1 Feb 9, 2010
That's messed up- just cause Mr. Yuppies little foo foo dog is scared of a coyote they have to go shoot them.

Coyote's are slightly larger than a fox, and have inhabited the land for a long time. Shameful way of taking care of them- but hey guess it's the American way! Shoot em up! Yee haw!
Isopen

Pueblo, CO

#2 Feb 9, 2010
I would like it to be open season on the people who are obviously feeding the coyotes. We have tons of them in our older neighborhood on the West side, and we know better, and in 12 years here there has been one incident, where an irresponsible pet owner left their dog outside unattended. You just don't do that around here. They are very useful, beautiful, and intelligent, and will only populate as much as nature will allow if left alone. I hunt, but picking off pack members is not hunting, it's cruel and stupid.
booger

Denver, CO

#3 Feb 9, 2010
time to bring in the big guy--(made aware of from another poster some time ago)

ezekiel777

Maumelle, AR

#4 Feb 9, 2010
...but what about the cougars?
booger

Denver, CO

#5 Feb 9, 2010
ezekiel777 wrote:
...but what about the cougars?
i wouldn't worry about those older gals trying to find young men
missourijj

Denver, CO

#6 Feb 10, 2010
Thank you for finally taking care of this problem. One of these coyotes growled at my son when he was walking the dog so hunt away....
missourijj

Denver, CO

#7 Feb 10, 2010
Weezy22 wrote:
That's messed up- just cause Mr. Yuppies little foo foo dog is scared of a coyote they have to go shoot them.
Coyote's are slightly larger than a fox, and have inhabited the land for a long time. Shameful way of taking care of them- but hey guess it's the American way! Shoot em up! Yee haw!
I have a 10 year old son and a mid sized dog (40 lbs) that were growled at by one of these aggressive coyotes last year. No foo foo dog here. Should we wait until it attacks my child before we kill it. I don't think so. I will buy the bullets the officers need and consider it a good investment.
CAW

Denver, CO

#9 Feb 10, 2010
If you're afraid of the wild life in Colorado then move to say.......Cleveland. There's not much wild life there.
LDC

Denver, CO

#10 Feb 10, 2010
These are coyotes, not sweet little pets. All of the people that are showing the support for the coyotes, would totally have a different opinion if it were they or their dogs getting attacked. A grown man may have a chance at fending off one coyote, but these are PACK animals that hunt in packs, just like wolves. Although a bit smaller than a wolf, they are just as hungry and more than happy to attack you, your pet or your child. Other states, with high populations of coyotes allow the hunting and shooting of coyotes as a form of population control. How is it that CO is so educated, but at the same time stupid about this issue. I vote for the protection of our children and selves over the urban coyote. There are plenty in the rural areas to enjoy.
Mountain Man

Loveland, CO

#11 Feb 10, 2010
I am torn here. One people want to live out in more rural areas, so they should expect to have frequent encounters with wildlife. Then when they do encounter them they freak out.

I live out in the country. I have lost several cats to the Coyotes. Will I shoot them? Yes, but in the 3 years I have lived out there I have only gotten one shot and I missed.

They are whiley (sp?) critters and there is NO shortage of them.

I think you have to live with them, but you have the right to protect you and your pets.
Mountain Man

Loveland, CO

#12 Feb 10, 2010
LDC wrote:
These are coyotes, not sweet little pets. All of the people that are showing the support for the coyotes, would totally have a different opinion if it were they or their dogs getting attacked. A grown man may have a chance at fending off one coyote, but these are PACK animals that hunt in packs, just like wolves. Although a bit smaller than a wolf, they are just as hungry and more than happy to attack you, your pet or your child. Other states, with high populations of coyotes allow the hunting and shooting of coyotes as a form of population control. How is it that CO is so educated, but at the same time stupid about this issue. I vote for the protection of our children and selves over the urban coyote. There are plenty in the rural areas to enjoy.
In Colorado we can legally hunt Coyote year round with the purchase of a small game license. But people can't hunt them in rural neighborhoods.
Coyotes

Peyton, CO

#13 Feb 10, 2010
The coyotes were there first. Leave them alone or move. RP
Colorado native

Cotopaxi, CO

#14 Feb 10, 2010
It is time we clean up the coyote population in the city. These animals are great at hunting although they don't typically hunt in packs as LDC wrote. They can but don't very often. The coyote in urban areas are not natural and are having more conflicts with people because they are wild animals with out a wild area to live. They are now habituated to scavenging which can make them more susceptible to getting sick as well as diminishing there natural hunting skills. They also can carry disease that can be passed on to people’s pets and in some cases passed on to people. We should be for animal health and as a hunter and wildlife conservationist I believe we need to clean up these coyotes for their well being as well as our own.
It is funny how NON-hunters who put NO money into wildlife conservation know or understand what truly is a real life issue with wildlife. I suggest those who want to be a part of wildlife get out and truly watch wildlife in the outdoors here in CO. The Division of wildlife has many programs about learning and viewing of wildlife.
Dexter

Littleton, CO

#15 Feb 10, 2010
CAW wrote:
If you're afraid of the wild life in Colorado then move to say.......Cleveland. There's not much wild life there.
I guess that depends on what you call "wildlife".

Since: Jan 10

Denver, CO

#16 Feb 10, 2010
Coyotes wrote:
The coyotes were there first. Leave them alone or move. RP
I agree- when you move somewhere- do you kill everything that existed there?

People are scared cause they once growled at them?

My neighbors dog growled at me once, should I go kill it? Give me a break
LDC

Denver, CO

#17 Feb 10, 2010
Mountain man, I grew up in the country and coon hunted all my life and for the most part at night, they run in packs. Not only do I hear it on a nightly basis, but see it all of the time...even right outside of my living room window. You may live in the country and see a lone coyote during daytime hours. They are for the most part nocturnal hunters, so during the day lone coyote sights maybe what you are seeing. Sure, I'd bet my life on being able to fend off one, but come nightfall don't expect to see just a lone coyote. Also, Greenwood village is not near the "country" at all. So, yes...coyotes have a place in nature, which is not within city limits. Although they have a fairly wide range of territory, Greenwood is pretty far into the urban landscape. I am a very experienced hunter of large and small game and grew up on a farm. Coyotes are a dime a dozen and don't belong inside Greenwood Village.
Mountain Man

Loveland, CO

#18 Feb 10, 2010
LDC wrote:
Mountain man, I grew up in the country and coon hunted all my life and for the most part at night, they run in packs. Not only do I hear it on a nightly basis, but see it all of the time...even right outside of my living room window. You may live in the country and see a lone coyote during daytime hours. They are for the most part nocturnal hunters, so during the day lone coyote sights maybe what you are seeing. Sure, I'd bet my life on being able to fend off one, but come nightfall don't expect to see just a lone coyote. Also, Greenwood village is not near the "country" at all. So, yes...coyotes have a place in nature, which is not within city limits. Although they have a fairly wide range of territory, Greenwood is pretty far into the urban landscape. I am a very experienced hunter of large and small game and grew up on a farm. Coyotes are a dime a dozen and don't belong inside Greenwood Village.
And that is why the answer to this for each Citizen to take their own security and protection into their own hands. If you love your dog protect it too. If I am walking in a neighborhood with packs of coyotes I am going to carry a gun. If I see a non-agressive coyote then I can enjoy nature. If I come upon an agressive one or several, I will protect myself and my pet. Problem solved. Non -agressive coyotes are left alone and the agressive ones are dead.

If you live around wild animals you may have to protect yourself from them. That includes the 2 legged and 4 legged wild animals.
Doh

Denver, CO

#19 Feb 10, 2010
People, it is about safety. Why don't we start planting trees in the middle of the street lanes? After all, trees were here first. Or better yet, leave the manhole covers off, as the manhole was created prior to the asphalt being laid.
By not seeing the problem for what it is, you could argue many points. However it is safety. You cannot compare an wild coyote to a family dog etc. If you do you might as well be comparing a watermelon to an orange. They are both fruits, but far from one another.
Just to make another mockery out of the suggestions of leaving them alone...let's just let all the mountain lions and bears roam free in our neighborhoods. After all, they were here first!
Doesn't make much sense from a community safety aspect, does it?
Mountain Man

Loveland, CO

#20 Feb 10, 2010
LDC wrote:
Mountain man, I grew up in the country and coon hunted all my life and for the most part at night, they run in packs. Not only do I hear it on a nightly basis, but see it all of the time...even right outside of my living room window. You may live in the country and see a lone coyote during daytime hours. They are for the most part nocturnal hunters, so during the day lone coyote sights maybe what you are seeing. Sure, I'd bet my life on being able to fend off one, but come nightfall don't expect to see just a lone coyote. Also, Greenwood village is not near the "country" at all. So, yes...coyotes have a place in nature, which is not within city limits. Although they have a fairly wide range of territory, Greenwood is pretty far into the urban landscape. I am a very experienced hunter of large and small game and grew up on a farm. Coyotes are a dime a dozen and don't belong inside Greenwood Village.
I could not agree with you more that they are a dime a dozen.

Since: Sep 09

Wayne, IL

#21 Feb 10, 2010
I have killed many coyotes here in IL. because they are a big big problem and in my yard all the time after my wifes small dog. People are loosing their small dogs and cats every day all over this county. They will come up on decks after cats and dogs. a month ago they took a dog, leash and all out of a ladies hand while walking. The big problem is that it's rare to find a pure coyote. They are all crossed with dogs now, so the "coy" part is not there. The cross makes them very brave and much more dangerous. Illinois never had them until the deer population grew. They follow the deer and the fawns and very young adults are their main meal but are a creature of opportunity. If you leave food out they will find it. If you have a railroad near by you can easily find out if they are in your area, just stick your head out and listen when the train goes by just after dark blowing the whistle. That whistle sets them off every time and they may howel for a couple minutes. Don't fear wiping them out, ain't gonna happen. Studies show that as their numbers decrease, the females come into heat more often and they give birth to larger litters. Mother nature has it's ways. Plus, they are very well equipped for survival. The best nose in the business, keen eye sight, speed demons, beyond excellent hearing, and super super smart. When they over populate mange usually keeps their numbers down. If rabies gets involved, I would imagine the DNR will get involved real fast to reduce their numbers.

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