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CPN: Living With Wildlife

An article appeared in the last issue of The Connection regarding bobcat sightings in the CPN vicinity. The article stirred up some questions about wildlife in general – – what should we really watch for, what is dangerous, and just exactly what lives in our backyards?

Spotting wildlife near CPN homes is commonplace. In fact, one resident in Kings Crossing, Jim Mason, keeps a running list of all the wildlife he sees from his backyard deck. His list currently includes elk, deer, foxes, skunks, prairie dogs, porcupines and owls.

“Just a few weeks ago, I got a glimpse of what appeared to be a five-foot long, three-foot wide creature waddling across my neighbor’s yard. I pursued it in an attempt to figure out what it was, and I finally got close enough to realize it was a porcupine!” exclaims Mason.

Remarks like Mason’s are not unusual from CPN residents. Therefore, it’s important that residents stay educated about Colorado wildlife in general, and what animals may be living near our homes.

The CPN website contains a wealth of information about living with wildlife.

Some topics include:

What to do if you spot a bear

How to tell if a snake is poisonous

Why you should not feed wildlife

What to do if a wild animal gets into your house

Who to call if you find an injured wild animal

How to prevent landscaping damage caused by deer

Information on how to contact the Division of Wildlife

These are just some of the subjects discussed. Click here to learn more about our non-human neighbors and what to do if you encounter one.



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