The concept may seem strange, but most of us encounter wildlife in the city every day. In fact, cities have entire functioning ecosystems, with herbivores, omnivores, carnivores and scavengers in addition to people, pets, cars, houses, roads, buildings and businesses.
Animals that live in cities tend to be intelligent and adaptable, and have been able to change their lifestyles in order to take advantage of these urban habitats. The city of Denver has more food, year round water supplies, and endless possibilities of shelter to support a greater number of individual animals than a comparable sized prairie!
As the City of Denver continues to grow, wildlife will be impacted and sometimes displaced. Some species continue to live in open-space areas while others have adapted quite well to urban living. View tips from DPR's natural areas experts on how to avoid conflict with urban wildlife.