Living with wildlife

We have a wide variety of wildlife on or near the Ranch.

  • Mountain Lion
  • Porcupine
  • Pine Marten
  • Eagle
  • Osprey
  • Bear
  • Elk
  • Deer
  • Fox
  • Moose
  • Coyote
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Living with Bears


Download this useful brochure on "Living with Bears" from the Colorado Department of Wildlife

Respect Their Space

Ruby Ranch sits on the edge of the Eagle Nest Wilderness which is one of the most beautiful areas in all of Colorado. Our proximity to the wilderness means that we live with a wide variety of wild animals that are spectacular to witness.

However, we all must be cognizant of the responsibilities we have to be responsible in our interaction with these animals. We have invaded there space and we must be careful to have a minimum impact on there life.

Key areas that we can help:

  • Control trash - make sure you lock the dumpsters!
  • Remove BBQ's, salt licks and bird feeders from areas that can attract unwanted animails
  • Keep your distance and respect the animal's space
  • Keep your animals under our control

The consequences for not following these simple rules can mean death to these innocent and wonderful animals. So please be aware.

The Moose is Loose

One very amazing change in the last couple of decades has been the reintroduction of moose into Summit County. They are truly spectacular and majestic creatures to see. We often see them wandering around the Ranch; they really like the willow patches down by our equestrian facility.

If there was ever an animal that you want to be careful with, it is the moose. Don't be deceived by their apparent slow demeanor. They are quick to anger and generally work with a policy "charge first, ask questions later". Keep your distance and for sure keep your dogs away.  Being run over by an angry, panicked 2000 lbs animal running at 30 mph can really put a damper on your day.

Wiley Coyotes

We have coyotes on the ranch. In general, they are not a threat to humans and will work hard to avoid you. That said, you need to be careful and not let leave your pets in a position that will make them vulnerable. If you encounter a coyote, stand your ground, make yourself large and make noise. Do not run.

From CDOW:

"Perhaps no other wild animal has endured the wrath of humans -- while evoking such genuine heartfelt adimiration -- than the Coyote. Some people curse their existence; Native Americans consider them to be the smartest animal on earth ("God’s dog"), and many urbanites revel in opportunities to see and hear these vocal predators.
The coyote’s success is attributed to the decline of wolf populations and the coyote’s own ability to adapt. Coyotes have adjusted very well to human-disturbed environments, and now thrive in close proximity to people.

Coyotes are opportunistic hunters, They prey on small mammals, domestic pets, livestock, and domestic fowl but will readily eat carrion and plants. A coyote will adjust its diet depending on the food that is available. In Colorado, coyotes are classified as a game species and may be taken year-round with either a small game or a furbearer license. Landowners may kill coyotes, without a license, on their land if the coyotes threaten their property or livestock. Humans can coexist with coyotes. The following guidelines can help you and your family to be Coyote Wise whether you live or recreate in Coyote Country."