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Denver's coyotes will undergo hazing


 You eyeballing me? You worthless piece of...(AP)

Denver residents are reporting an increasing number of coyote encounters. Coyotes have long known that Denver is great place to hang out and once here they find it hard to leave. A bit like rich kids from California or the east coast who come here for college. They find it's a great place to party and there's plenty to eat and drink so they stick around forever. Coyotes love Denver's trash, vegetation and stray cats so they let all their buddies know that life in Denver is better than in rural areas. They all have that feeling that they're not in Kansas anymore.

So how do we coexist with the influx of new Denverites?

By hazing them.

Coyote hazing lets the critters know that humans are to be feared. Coyotes are timid creatures and want to avoid contact with us. They are dangerous only when they lose their fear of us two-legged types. They are like kids who need to know who is in charge and those  in charge must mean what they say.

To help urbanites with proper hazing techniques, the Denver Parks and Recreation Department's Natural Areas Program is offering training at area parks during February and March. The next sessions are:

February 18th, 10 to 11:30 am Bible Park: North parking lot at E Yale and Quebec

February 25, 10 to 11:30 am Cook Park Rec Center: 7100 Cherry Creek South Dr

March 3th, 10 to 11:30 am Washington Park Rec Center: 701 S Franklin St.

March 11th, 10 to 11:30 am Westerly Creek: Picnic area on MLK Blvd & Beeler Ave.

March 18th, 10 to 11:30 am Bear Creek Park: Parking lot on S. Raleigh under 285

March 25th, 10 to 11:30 am Southmoor Park: Playground East of S. Poplar St.

April 1st, 10 to 11:30 am Eisenhower Rec Center: 4300 E Dartmouth Ave.

Questions? Call Ashley DeLaup at 303-455-0785


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