Dog Licenses and Leash Laws
As of November 2021, the Town updated its municipal code to limit the number of allowable dogs to three per household. This applies to all zoning districts, including agriculturally zoned lots. Residents currently owning more than three dogs are required to register those animals with the Town on or before January 30, 2022.
Dog licenses are not required in Columbine Valley. Our ordinances do require that all dogs be vaccinated and have a rabies tag. Your dog should wear his/her collar and the tag.
A leash law is in effect and all dogs must be on a leash, in the hands of a competent person, when off your own property. Dogs should not be allowed to run free, and you will receive a citation for the offense. As a reminder, the Columbine Country Club is private property and trespassing laws are enforced.
Pet-owners are encouraged to keep a close watch on their pets. Small dogs and cats outside can be an attractive food source for coyotes and other wildlife. Always supervise your pet outside and keep your dog on a short leash while walking.
Wildlife sightings are frequent in Columbine Valley, due in part to our proximity to the South Platte River and extensive open space. In most situations, people and wildlife can coexist. The key is to respect the wildness of wildlife. Most dangerous and potentially harmful encounters occur because people fail to leave the animals alone. Wildlife should not be harassed, captured, domesticated or—in most cases—fed. Intentional or inadvertent feeding is the major cause of most wildlife problems. It is illegal to feed wildlife in Colorado.
The following list offers some additional tips for discouraging wildlife from visiting your yard.
- Do not feed or approach wild animals.
- If you encounter a wild animal, “haze” it by yelling and waving your arms.
- Feed your pets indoors or remove food and water dishes from any outdoor enclosures each evening.
- Seal access to areas under porches or sheds that may be an attractive shelter for wildlife.
- Store trash in covered containers and do not put it out before the morning of the scheduled pick-up.
Coyotes are a fact of life in our area: It is important to remember that coyotes are extremely adaptable and can thrive in almost any environment, and many have adapted to living in an urban area. Under state regulations, coyotes can’t be relocated to other areas. However, communities can safely coexist with coyotes if they are given the right tools.
While coyotes are typically afraid of human interaction, they can get aggressive on occasion. If you come across coyotes while walking or hiking, the Colorado Division of Wildlife recommends you make yourself as “big and loud” as possible. Using noisemakers like an air horn or yelling and clapping can aid in deterring a coyote from investigating your presence. Humans are advised not to turn their backs on coyotes. You should face them and back away slowly if they exhibit aggressive behavior.
Racoons and other Small Pests
If you are having issues with raccoons or another small animal on your property, please contact a pest control professional directly. The Town cannot remove wildlife/pests from private property.
Although rare, bears have been known to visit the vicinity on occasion. If you see a bear in Columbine Valley, please call Arapahoe County dispatch at 303-795-4711 and ask for a Columbine Valley officer on duty.
Columbine Valley Public Works will dispose of dead animals on Town streets. Call Town Hall to report. The Town cannot remove a dead animal from private property.