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Breckenridge is home to many species of native wildlife. Fox with kitsAs the population in Summit County continues to grow, wildlife encounters will increase. In most situations, people and wildlife can coexist. Most wild animals are harmless if left alone. The key is to respect the wildness of wildlife. "Wildlife" is just that—wild. Most dangerous and potentially harmful encounters occur because people fail to leave the animals alone. Wildlife should not be harassed, captured, domesticated or fed. Intentional or inadvertent feeding is a major cause of most wildlife problems.

Feeding wildlife is strictly prohibited. Providing food for wildlife encourages animals to come into town where they figure they now have a reliable and easy to gain source of food. Animals that have this habit have become desensitized to human contact, putting them and us in harm's way. Bears are tagged upon contact and if seen repeatedly in populated areas, these animals have to be put down (euthanized) as they have become a danger to people. In addition, foxes and coyotes that have been fed are no longer wary of populated areas and will potentially approach residents and their pets making it more likely that a dangerous confrontation will occur.

As Summit County residents, we are fortunate to have such a rich diversity of wildlife in our backyard. Please do not put these animals in harms way by feeding them or leaving trash out.

Community Service Officers do not trap, kill or relocate nuisance wildlife, but will assist with wildlife issues if possible.

Click HERE for more about Living with Wildlife from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.