Other wildlife resources
The following links provide easy to read information about a variety of wildlife species that may be encountered in La Plata County.
Links to information on handling wildlife issues:
- Links to Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) information
- Trapping and Transplanting Wildlife in La Plata County
- Link to the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management
- Link to Bear Smart Durango
Links to Nonlethal Management Methods:
- The Bear Smart Society - Get Bear Smart
- Article in Science Daily, December 2003
- USDA Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center and Colorado State University Libraries
Links to raccoon information:
Links to Hantavirus-Deer Mouse:
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) fact sheet on the virus:
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:
- CPW Living With Wildlife
La Plata County Animal Ordinances:
- Ordinance requiring prevention of wildlife access to trash
Bears, mountain lions, skunks, raccoons, magpies, crows, foxes, and coyotes are a few of the wildlife species living in close proximity to people in the county. Human-wildlife conflict incidents dealing with these species have dramatically increased. Unsecured and unattended trash containers that are left in the open for extended periods of time are a strong attractant for wildlife and a primary cause of conflicts between wildlife and people.
The purpose of this ordinance is to protect the public health and welfare by either requiring the use of secured and wildlife-proof trash containers or restricting the times and dates in which residents or other property owners or users may leave unattended and unsecured trash, rubbish and refuse containers in the open and along rights-of-way within the unincorporated territory of the county and county-controlled lands.
- Ordinance concerning control of dogs
Dogs running at large have been known to cause problems in La Plata County by harassing wildlife and domestic livestock. When left to roam, they may form packs and harass or kill wildlife.
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