Historically, predator control (or animal damage control) has meant using various lethal measures to control medium to large predators attacking and killing livestock. Species include: foxes, bobcats, coyotes, mountain lions, bears and wolves. Methods include: shooting, trapping/snaring, denning and poisoning. The need for predator control in agriculturalsettings is still very necessary. In fact, it nowhas become a necessity in many suburban/urban areas where predators regularly kill and prey on family pets and pose a serious threat to people. Wolves are now back big time in the northern Rockies and Great Lakes region and are a rapidly growing problem. Coyotes are now well-established in all 48 contiguous states. Red foxes, coyotes, bobcats, black bears and mountain lions have readily adapted to human development and are now common in very urban settings, including much of Colorado Springs.
Poisons have not been allowed for predator control since the Nixon administration. Unfortunately, the use of foothold traps and snares (cable constraints), both every effective tools, was severely restricted by Amendment 14 to the state constitution in 1996. Amendment 14 has been a huge setback to wildlife management in this state. Limited exemptions exist for agricultural damage and human health/safety, but not for protection of pets. Big mistake! Hunting or sharpshooting predators has very practical applications in rural and some suburban settings, but often is not permitted in urban areas, including Colorado Springs. Live (or cage) trapping coupled with relocation or humane dispatch has many practical applications but can be inefficient and sometimes ineffective on some species, particularly coyotes. Note: Colorado Parks and Wildlife policy does not allow relocation of coyotes. Despite all the constraints, predator control can be done. We have a long history of providing this service in both agricultural and suburban/urban situations.
We’ll have more about predators, problems they pose and solutions we offer coming soon. In the meantime, call us at 719-636-1014 for information and prices.