Elk, deer, and moose are rearing their newborn offspring, increasing the chances of an encounter.
Officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) are warning residents to keep a watchful eye after recent incidents between people and wildlife have occurred.
According to reports, there have been three encounters in Jefferson County with elk, as well as a moose attack in Larmier County in May.
"People need to keep their distance and be aware of their surroundings when they are in the vicinity of wildlife and their habitats," said Scott Murdoch with CPW in Conifer. "If you are watching an elk just standing there, but notice a change in its behavior in any way, you are too close and need to back away. Their first signs of being alerted to your presence are often them raising their ears or head and stopping what they were doing."
This is a good reminder that we are invading the animals' homes, not the other way around, so remember to "leave no trace" when you're out and about Colorado—and definitely leave the young wildlife where they are, as "there is no substitute for their natural parents," says the CPW.
Not only have there been an increase in elk, deer, and moose attacks, but bears have been spotted more frequently in residential areas over the last few weeks; a bear cub that was caught on camera charging at the door of a Boulder home and a bear in Colorado Springs that made itself at home on the homeowner's couch.
"Being close to wildlife increases stress levels for those animals, even if they don't flee from your presence. Additionally, you put yourself into danger when you are close to wildlife," added Murdoch.