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.
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.
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.
Castle 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.
- Urban coyotes FAQ (pdf)
- Exclusions, deterrents and repellents (pdf)
- Home audit checklist (pdf)
- Avoiding Human-Coyote Conflicts (pdf)
- Coyote Sightings and Encounters
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.