We answer all questions concerning big game in Pitkin County. The Animal Safety Division deals primarily with domestic animals and livestock issues.
For specific information about big game hunting or damage to property caused by big game animals, contact the local office of the Colorado Parks & Wildlife (970-947-2920) or check out the state website. Contact the Animal Safety Department at 970-920-5310 with any questions or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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All dogs residing in Pitkin County over the age of six months must be current on their Rabies vaccination. There are 2 types of vaccinations:
Both vaccinations are honored in Pitkin County.
Cats are considered free-roaming animals. Stray cats which are abandoned or which otherwise constitute a nuisance, or owners are unknown, shall be impounded.
There is no regulation for vaccinating your cats however, the Animal Safety Division highly recommends rabies vaccinations for all cats residing in the county. Rabies has been found in bats in Pitkin County and if a cat has contact with or consumes a rabid bat a life threatening illness is likely.
We also recommend a Feline Leukemia vaccination. Feline Leukemia may cause various blood disorders, and may lead to a state of immune deficiency that hinders a cat's ability to protect itself against other infections. Most importantly, it is also very contagious to other cats.
The Animal Safety Department will remove nuisance raccoons and skunks. There must be alternative measures taken before a trap will be rented to a citizen. If all alternative methods do not work, a citizen may rent a trap from the Animal Safety Department. The rental cost is $10 a week (week minimum). There may also be a $70 deposit refundable on return of the trap. The citizen is responsible for setting the trap and catching the animal. The Animal Safety Officer will remove the trapped animal and return the trap to the citizen if necessary. Contact the Animal Safety Department at 970-920-5310 or email@example.com.