GVM is rich in wildlife habitats and the fauna that inhabit them. We have predators and prey, nocturnal and diurnal species, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish and yes, insects. Some are elegant to watch such as the local deer and their fawns that frolic in the spring. Some elicit fear from people such as snakes, mountain lions and bears. All of them have been here long before GVM and should be treated with great respect.
Remember it’s against the law to feed wildlife or for pets to harass wildlife. You can report infractions to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department at (970) 472-4300. For more information read: Don’t Feed The Wildlife.
Pets and Wildlife
As mentioned earlier it is against the law for pets to harass wildlife. These links show the Larimer County regulations on pets. It includes information on dogs chasing wildlife and how to report such incidents – Wildlife Harassment and Larimer County Animal Planning.
Outdoor cats are a menace to birds and small mammals such as voles and ground squirrels. While these animals may seem insignificant, they truly are part of the GVM ecosystem. Small mammals are the mainstay of foxes and coyotes who deserve to have the prey in their territories left for them.
This article describes at length how the impact of outdoor cats adds up to a significant cumulative total. Please keep your cats indoors and let the wild animals do the hunting. Impact of Outdoor Cats.