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Our Wild Neighbors

Many wild animals have adapted to live comfortably in an urban environment. It is not unusual to see rabbits, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, foxes, deer, bobcats, coyotes and other wildlife in residential areas, including here at the seminary. In most situations, people and wildlife can coexist. The key is to respect the wildness of wildlife. An animal lives where it lives because it feels safe and comfortable. If you make the animal feel unsafe or uncomfortable, it will simply move.

Tips for coexisting with coyotes:

  • Do what you can to discourage a coyote’s approach. If a coyote approaches, yell, throw rocks or sticks at it, spray with a hose or bang pots and pans.

  • Never feed coyotes.

  • Never allow your pets to play with a coyote.

  • Always supervise your pet when outside, especially at dawn and dusk.

  • Eliminate attractants from your yard, including pet food, water sources and bird feeders.

  • Work with your neighbors to discourage coyotes in your entire community.

Contact DenSem Security at 303-961-1184 immediately if you see suspicious activity, witness a crime or feel threatened. Call 911 for emergencies, then call seminary security. Remember: “If you see something, say something!”

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