There have been several reports of coyote sightings along the front range in various cities including Lafayette. Coyotes are a naturally occurring species in our land and have adapted well to urban environments where they have learned to live among human populations. January is coyote mating season which includes, at times, more aggressive behavior from male coyotes as they mark their territories and set their mating perimeter boundaries. Coyotes have been reported to attack small animals including dogs whereby they see these other species as either threats to their mating boundaries or prey. Please remember to keep dogs on a leash at all times, be aware of your surroundings, and do not turn your back to the coyote at any time. When walking your dogs on leash it may be advised to make loud sounds. Carry a cow bell or similar items that make loud sounds when out walking alone or with pets. Please do not leave pets unattended in back yards and never leave pet food outside. For more information on how to protect yourself and your pets, and for other tips on living amongst wildlife including coyotes, please visit the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website link below for more information. You are encouraged to call Colorado Parks & Wildlife at 303-291-7227 to report aggressive behavior.