Wildlife Awareness

Educate yourself on rural wildlife

Wildlife sightings are frequently reported in the City of Castle Pines. Occasionally, sightings include bears, mountain lions, and coyotes.


Incidents and Attacks

Please notify Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Northeast Region Service Center immediately.

 

Contact Information:

Regular business hours: 303.291.7227

After hours contact: Colorado State Patrol: 303.239.4501. Colorado State Patrol will contact the on-call Wildlife Officer.

 

For additional information on wildlife in Colorado, visit the CPW website cpw.state.co.us.

Be SMART

If wildlife gets too close to you, remember to be SMART:

  • Stop! Don't run; if you run, it may chase you.
  • Make yourself look big! Look as big as you can so the animal know that you are too tough to mess with.
  • Announce firmly "Leave me alone!" This lets the animal know you are a person and it lets people around you know that you may be in trouble.
  • Retreat! Back away from the animal slowly.
  • Tell someone! Please notify the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Northeast Region Service Center immediately.

Coyotes

coyoteCastle Pines residents are encouraged to report coyote incidents immediately be filling out the City's Coyote Incident Report. Reports will be investigated and addressed according to the Coyote Management Plan (pdf). See below for helpful information about what to do if you come in contact with wildlife in your neighborhood. 

Bears

Bears are typically seen in our community during the summer and fall seasons. As winter approaches, bears are concerned about finding food sources to prepare for hibernation. It's easier to get calories from trash cans than from foraging in the wild, so please be careful with your garbage. To help prevent bears in your neighborhood, remember to follow these tips:

  • 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. 


Bees

In 2017, City Council approved Ordinance 17-03 which allows  beekeeping within populated areas of the City while establishing requirements for sound beekeeping practices.  Bee swarms are a natural phenomenon that occurs when a hive, wild or managed, becomes overcrowded and the old queen and about half of the original hive leaves to find a new home. In Colorado, bees swarm from the beginning of April until 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, suitable hive location has been found. However, if you prefer to have a swarm professionally removed, you can 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.