Wildlife Issues

Living with Wildlife


To the surprise of many, Colorado’s wild animals have adapted to live comfortably in an urban environment. It is not unusual to see raccoons, skunks, squirrels, fox, coyotes and other wildlife in residential areas. In most situations, people and wildlife can coexist. The key is to respect the wildness of wildlife.

Most dangerous and potentially harmful encounters occur because people fail to leave the animals alone. Wildlife should not be harassed, captured, domesticated or fed. 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.

Animal Control and Wildlife


Arapahoe County Animal Control does not remove or relocate wildlife from private property. For human and animal health and welfare reasons, the state restricts the relocation of most wildlife species. If you are experiencing conflict with wildlife on your property and want advice on how to deter animals from your property, please contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 303-291-7227 or check the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website for more information on how to safely do so.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife also regulate what wildlife may be live trapped and where it may be relocated. Animal Control will loan out traps to citizens of unincorporated Arapahoe County who wish to follow Parks and Wildlife’s regulations for removing small wildlife from private property.

Animal Guidelines


Many wild animals have adapted to live comfortably in an urban environment. It is not unusual to see raccoons, skunks, squirrels, fox, coyotes and other wildlife in residential areas. In most situations, people and wildlife can coexist. In other situations, please see our wildlife guidelines.