Several Trails In Broomfield Closed Due To Coyotes
BROOMFIELD, Colo. (CBS4) – Several trails have been closed in Broomfield because of aggressive coyotes.
The incidents have been happening at the Field Open Space on Midway Boulevard near Main Street.
The coyotes were acting extremely aggressive towards people in the park, coming up close to them, snarling and barking. There have been no reports of any attacks yet and that’s exactly how the city wants to keep it by putting signs up all over the park.
Now that summer vacation is here, Steffanie Frese and her two sons ride the trails at the Field Open Space.
“One to three times a month in the summer,” Frese said. “I just think if you leave them alone they won’t bother you.”
“We’ve known we have had coyotes on this property for several years,” Kristan Pritz with the City and County of Broomfield said. “The coyotes have been coming up to the trail, defending their space.”
Right now the city is working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to figure out what to do next, as it’s not the first time the area has dealt with aggressive coyotes. Pritz says two years ago, not far from the park, children were bitten by coyotes, which lead to those animals being put down.
“That was a very concerning situation,” Pritz said.
Now they’re taking action before anything like that happens again.
“Rather than waiting for something to happen we decided to close the trails,” Pritz said.
The park will remain closed until the pack of coyotes move on, which could take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.