Urban Wildlife Issues
Black Bears and Mountain Lions
The City Council-accepted Black Bear and Mountain Lion Component of the Urban Wildlife Management Plan (UWMP) included strategies to minimize human-wildlife conflicts and increase public awareness about how to better coexist with these animals. The city has taken an adaptive management approach to address trash, the primary urban attractant for black bears. As part of the 2012 and 2013 implementation activities, the city partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to conduct a Black Bear Education and Enforcement pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness of increased education and enforcement as a strategy to improve the way that trash is stored in the community.
Black Bear Education and Enforcement Pilot
From April to November of 2012 and 2013, the city conducted the Black Bear Education and Enforcement pilot program. City staff submitted a first-year report in early 2013. In the fall of 2013, four bears that had been scavenging on trash were killed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers to protect public safety, increasing community and council attention on creating regulations to protect bears. In early 2014, staff returned to council with options for how to better secure trash from bears. The options were informed by outcomes and analysis of the two-year pilot program. A new ordinance for securing trash from bears was created in March 2014, and enforcement of the new ordinance will begin Oct. 1, 2014.
During the past 13 years, a suite of ordinances, policies and administrative rules, including the prairie dog component of the Urban Wildlife Management Plan, have been developed to address management and the use of lethal control of prairie dogs within the city and on city lands. In July 2013, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) approved a permit to relocate 900 prairie dogs from the area around Foothills Community Park and other Open Space (OSMP) properties the Waneka OSMP property.
Prairie Dog Relocation
In the summer of 2013, the city started the relocation of prairie dog colonies at Foothills Community Park. Due to September 2013 flooding, the relocation was not completed and will continue in 2014. Approximately 400 prairie dogs were relocated in 2013, and an additional 500 are expected to be moved in 2014.
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In January 2013, after several incidences where coyotes nipped pedestrians or bicyclists in east Boulder, the city worked with CPW to initiate a voluntary coyote hazing program. The program was designed to scare coyotes away from public trails and lands for public safety, while preventing the killing of non-offender coyotes.
Urban Coyote Hazing
The hazing, which occurred from Jan. 18 through Feb. 15, 2013, seemed to end coyote-human conflicts, as there were no reported incidents during the four weeks of hazing. However, weeks after the hazing program ended, a five-year-old boy was bitten and the two coyotes suspected were killed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers to protect public safety. Hazing programs will be considered in the development of future coyote management plans.
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Boulder Bear Videos
This is a video segment from the September 26, 2014 episode of Inside Boulder News. For more videos, visit: BoulderChannel8.com
This is a video segment from the June 27, 2014 episode of Inside Boulder News. For more videos, visit: BoulderChannel8.com
This video is a segment from the March 28, 2014 episode of Inside Boulder and features a discussion about the new ordinance that requires the use of certified bear resistant trash cans in certain parts of Boulder, Colorado. For more Inside Boulder visit www.BoulderChannel8.com
This is a video segment from the February 14, 2014 episode of Inside Boulder News. For more videos, visit: BoulderChannel8.com
This is a video segment from the November 29th, 2013 Inside Boulder News. For more videos, visit: BoulderChannel8.com
In the first half of the show, Host Carl Castillo, speaks with Deputy Mayor, Lisa Morzel about the proposed "Rocky Mountain Greenway", a trail connecting the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge with Rocky Mountain National Park. Host, Jody Jacobson keeps it wild by talking with local experts about the abundance of bears in Boulder this fall and what we can do to keep the ourselves and the bears safe.
A Boulder View Host, Jody Jacobson, talks to Kristin Cannon from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Val Matheson, the City of Boulder's Urban Wildlife Coordinator about the number of bears in Boulder this fall.
This video is a segment taken from the September 21, 2012 edition of Inside Boulder News. For more great videos and information, visit boulderchannel8.com
This video is a segment from the September 11, 2015 episode of Inside Boulder News. For more Inside Boulder News visit BoulderChannel8.com
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