Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sharpshooters kill 5 coyotes in Broomfield, Colo.

Five coyotes in Broomfield were shot by the Colorado Division of Wildlife last week following the most recent coyote attack. Sharpshooters killed the animals after earlier attempts failed to locate the coyote that bit a 38-year-old Broomfield man Feb. 23. The man was bitten while walking his dogs near Trails Park in the city's Westlake neighborhood. He was playing fetch with one of his dogs, which spotted a coyote and chased it. A second coyote bit the man in the arm. The coyote involved in the incident could not be identified, so all were killed as a precautionary measure, wildlife officials said. "Since this coyote seemed to be an especially aggressive coyote, we wanted to do everything we could to remove an aggressive animal," said Larry Rogstad, an area wildlife manager with the division. The coyotes were living near the Tom Frost Reservoir in Broomfield County Commons Park. Wildlife officers determined the pack used public trails to move through the city. Coyotes also bit a 9-year-old Erie boy in December and a 26-year-old Broomfield resident in the Anthem neighborhood in January...Denver Post

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