Deer at Coyote Ridge Natural Area
Wildlife at Natural Areas#
Fort Collins is a great place for wildlife because it's located where the mountains meet the plains. A remarkably rich diversity of wildlife can be seen in your local natural areas. Please visit with respect:
Wildlife in Shortgrass Prairie Ecosystems#
Learn about Northern Colorado's Wildlife#
Where to View Wildlife#
Many natural areas are great for wildlife; however, if you'd like to maximize your wildlife viewing try exploring one of these natural areas.
- Cathy Fromme Prairie
- Cottonwood Hollow
- Bobcat Ridge
- Soapstone Prairie
The Great Outdoors Is No Place For Cats#
You can protect your cat and be a responsible owner by preventing it from being lost, killed or stolen- keep your cat indoors. Youll be helping birds too. Outdoor cats kill a surprising number of birds and small mammals. The American Bird Conservancy estimates that outdoor and feral cats kill 1.4 billion birds a year. A recent study by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute found that cats were responsible for about half the deaths of gray catbirds (Dumatella carolinensis) in a suburban environment.
Domestic cats are not part of natural ecosystems, they compete with native predators, and they can transmit diseases to wildlife. Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives. City code section 4-93 prohibits pet animals at large, including cats. For these reasons, the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department encourages you to keep your cat indoors. Learn more from the American Bird Conservancy and The Wildlife Society.