Other links to 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 Nonlethal Management Methods:

Links to wolf reintroduction information:

Links to raccoon information:

Links to Hantavirus-Deer Mouse:

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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