Wildlife Awareness

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Wildlife Awareness

Your guide to safely navigating our wildlife population

Castle Pines is lucky enough to have a thriving wildlife population, including deer, bears, bobcats, mountain lions and coyotes. The city always seeks to achieve a balance between the importance of human safety and the native ecology of the region.

Below are resources and best practices for sharing the environment with our wild neighbors.

 

Incidents and Attacks

If you’ve seen or been involved in a wildlife incident or attack, notify Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northeast Region Service Center immediately.

Contact Information

Regular business hours: 303-291-7227
After hours contact: Colorado State Patrol, 303-239-4501

For additional information on wildlife in Colorado, visit the CPW website.

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Coyotes

Coyotes are very adaptable and often thrive in urban areas. For more information about how the city responds to the local coyote population, check out the city’s Coyote Management Plan.

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Bears

Bears are typically seen in our community during the summer and fall seasons. As winter approaches, they look for food sources to prepare for hibernation, and it’s easier to get calories from trash cans than from foraging in the wild—which is why we ask residents to follow these guidelines:

  • Do not leave trash or trash cans outside overnight.
  • Properly store pet food and bird seed.
  • Burn food off of barbecue grills and clean after use.
  • Keep all bear-accessible windows and doors closed and locked, including home, garage and vehicle doors.
  • Don’t leave food, trash, coolers, air fresheners or anything that smells in your vehicle.
  • Pick fruit before it ripens, and clean up fallen fruit.
  • For more information about living with bears, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife page.
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Bees

Beekeeping is allowed within populated areas of the City (see ordinance 17-03 for details).

Bee swarms are a natural phenomenon that occurs when a hive becomes overcrowded and the old queen and about half of the original hive leaves to find a new home.

  • In Colorado, bees swarm from April through the end of summer, with May and June being the busiest months.
  • Swarms are generally quite docile and will eventually leave on their own when a new hive location has been found.
  • If you prefer to have a swarm professionally removed, call the Colorado Swarm Hotline at 1-844-779-2337 (1-844-SPY-BEES).

For more information about bees, visit the Colorado State Beekeeper Association website.

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Snakes

The most common large snakes you’ll find in the area are prairie rattlesnakes and bull snakes. Rattlesnakes are venomous while bull snakes are not — but both can bite and cause a medical issue.

  • Stay on designated paths or walkways to avoid a snake encounter
  • Snakes will not attack if they don’t feel threatened. If you encounter a snake, give it a wide berth or turn in the opposite direction.
  • If you’ve been bitten by a snake, seek medical attention immediately.

For more information about snakes, visit the Colorado State University Extension to learn more.