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Food found left for coyotes in problem area of Boulder

8:48 PM, Feb 7, 2013   |    comments
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BOULDER -Wildlife officers in Boulder are not certain why someone dumped a large amount of food in area frequented by coyotes, but they are concerned about the effect it will have on the animals.

State wildlife officers believe someone may have set up a burrito buffet for coyotes along the Boulder Creek Path.

They found what appeared to be about a dozen burritos, fruit and other food by a pond near the path.

They don't know who left them there but say it's causing problems by attracting increasingly aggressive coyotes.

One even bit a person last December.

"Our concern is whether it was dumped intentionally to feed wildlife or coyotes. They are exhibiting behaviors that seem indicative of being fed by humans," said Jody Jacobson, a spokesperson for the Boulder Planning and Sustainability department.

Marc Bekoff, an animal behaviorist who has studied coyotes for years says if someone is leaving food for the coyotes, they are doing the coyotes no favor.

"People who think they're helping coyotes by leaving food are really not helping the animals, because these animals are going to become habituated. They lose their fear and that's what precipitates aggressive behavior and attacks," Bekoff said.

The city has placed signs along the path between 30th and 55th Streets telling people to not feed wild animals.

If the coyotes continue to be a problem, wildlife officers say they could be forced to put the animals down.

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