The “learning to live with coyotes” approach is not working out too well for Colorado residents, as evidenced by two more recent incidents in Boulder.
In the first incident, a jogger saw a coyote to the side of the trail near 55th Street and Pearl Parkway. As the jogger got closer to the coyote, the animal approached and then bit the person. Boulder police and open space rangers responded, treated the jogger, who did not suffer serious injuries, and found and shot the coyote, which was still nearby.
In the second incident, a coyote that was missing its tail and most of the fur from its hindquarters approached a man and his son near an office near 55th and Central Avenue. Rangers tracked the animal through the snow and shot it, both because of its aggressive behavior and because it appeared to be suffering from mange and was otherwise unhealthy.
Both animals were sent to Colorado State University for necropsies, and neither had distemper or rabies.
Coyote attacks on humans are on the increase throughout the Denver metro area, said Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. As recently as five years ago, there usually would be just one coyote-on-human attack a year. Now there are between two and five a year.
Last year, several children in Broomfield were bitten by coyotes.