As I was leaving our office today, I looked across the street and spotted three mule deer contentedly grazing on the lawn at Woodward Corporation's facility, unconcerned about the traffic on a major thoroughfare a few feet away or the couple waiting for the bus nearby.
We're likely to spot deer, fox, coyote, the occasional elk, and even bear in our neighborhoods. A client of ours, who is the head of the wildlife biology department at CSU, told us that a bear tagging study they did tracked bear in every neighborhood in town - they come in at night and wander around looking for something tasty to eat.
And a couple of years ago, a mountain lion and her cub casually sauntered through our own neighborhood in the middle of the day - that's why I always get the dogs to help me take out the garbage at night.
It's interesting that, with the occasional exception of the coyotes, there have been remarkably few problem interactions in the area. It's nice that we can all get along.