Well, the story could have started that way, though Jesse headed the e-mail sent early today “Crazy late-night wildlife” – read on:
… I’m a bartender at the Bridge at 35th and Avalon, and as I was finishing the close about 20 minutes ago I noticed a pair of eyes shining in the parking lot. Figuring it was a cat or raccoon or something I wasn’t too worried about it. As I walked past the motion sensor security lights out to my car the lights came on revealing that these eyes in fact belonged to one huge, totally unafraid coyote. I saw it clearly, about 20 feet away. I ran to my car and turned the lights on and turned toward it to get another look to be sure and sure enough it was still there, just staring at me. I stepped on the gas and it ran off up the hill just behind the fence in the vacant lot next to the bar. For me, that’s a West Seattle first. Watch out! If those things get too hungry they can cause a lot of havoc. …
We published a sighting at the nearby West Seattle Rotary Viewpoint Park not that long ago, and the golf course and stadium are a stone’s throw away, so this location’s not that surprising. If you don’t know what to do if/when you see a coyote – or how to increase the chances they’ll keep their distance (don’t provide a food supply, etc.) – here’s the state Fish and Wildlife Department’s info on “coexisting with coyotes.”
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