Wildlife is an integral part of the Castle Pines Village Community. Village residents have as neighbors, elk, deer, foxes, coyotes, beaver, bobcats, bears, rabbits, raccoons, voles, snakes, squirrels, wild turkeys, birds of prey and various song bird species. Castle Pines Village is dedicated to preserving its natural beauty as well as the wildlife that inhabits the area in which we are located.
Castle Pines Village works closely with wildlife biologists and plant specialists preserving important habitats and migration corridors. In coordination with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, a comprehensive wildlife management plan has been established and significant steps are continually taken to accommodate the existing and future needs of wildlife.
The privilege, responsibility, and stewardship residents assume by living in Castle Pines Village are to avoid conflict and abuse of wildlife so we may all continue to enjoy the wildlife for years to come.
Please Do NOT Feed the Wildlife
In Colorado, where it is illegal to discharge a firearm, such as in CPV, it is also illegal to feed or bait the wildlife, with the exception of birds. This law was passed with the well being of both animals and people in mind. An animal that has been fed loses its wildness, and its fear of humans. An animal that is not afraid is more apt to hurt someone, even without intending to. This is easy to understand when you think of mountain lions, bears, coyotes and bobcats, but people forget that deer and elk are also very capable of causing harm. Feeding deer and elk also attracts their predators and upsets the balance of the natural world putting pets and people at greater risk. The sad thing is that it is animals that end up suffering the most…hence the expression, “A fed coyote is a dead coyote.” If you truly care about wild animals, it is best that you leave them alone.
It has been determined that feeding wild birds does not alter their natural behaviors. During cold, winter months supplementing the diets of seed-eating birds is doing a good thing! Take care to place bird feeders in areas that are well out of reach of other animals; note that bear and elk are able to extend their reach on their hind legs. Also remember that barbeque leftovers, pet food and trash can be seen as a food source to wild animals. Keep all food inside and do not put out trash until the morning of your pick up date.