By Randi Pierce
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Southwest Region public information officer Joe Lewandowski reported to The SUN Monday that a coyote recently euthanized in Aspen Springs area tested negative for rabies.
CPW and San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) officials confirmed last week that a coyote was put down in the Aspen Springs subdivision recently, with the animal’s carcass tested for rabies testing out of an abundance of caution.
Lewandowski previously informed The SUN in an email that Nate Martinez, a wildlife officer, got a call from a resident of Aspen Springs about a coyote hanging around.
“It wasn’t moving much, visibly foaming at the mouth, hunched over and haggard. He put it down … Without testing, there’s no way to know if it’s rabid,” the email states.
Lewandowski noted that Martinez reported talking to some residents and the coyote didn’t have any contact with humans or pets in the area.
Both agencies noted pet owners should make sure their animals’ shots are up to date. Also, if people see animals that appear sick, they should avoid them and call the CPW office at (970) 247-0855 or local law enforcement.