Two coyote sightings have come in over the past five days – first one, the coyote Mary saw last night on Providence Mount St. Vincent property:
This isn’t a very good photo … but we spent about 20 minutes watching a coyote who was hanging around the parking lot at Providence Mt. St. V. near Hudson and 36th. S/he definitely spotted us — we were walking our two mastiffs who completely were clueless about the coyote — and s/he kept a close watch on us from a small hill as we observed from across the street. I’ve been wanting to see one since we moved over here — behind a fence and across the street suits me fine! And since our dogs are bigger than it was, we weren’t worried about that. This was about a block from where Karen Berge of the Hansen View Blockwatch reported a coyote in a staredown with a cat.
Ahead, a report earlier in the week from Linda in the Alki area, and coverage of a coyote clash in Colorado (in a link shared by a WSB’er):
There was a coyote in the backyard of (3200 block) 64th SW on Thursday night around midnight (next door to me). Screams of a cat were heard prior to this sighting. The following Evening my cocker would not go outside farther than the back door, and was sniffing the air. Saturday morning he wouldn’t go very far either. I have him on the leash now whenever he goes out. He did venture farther into the back yard late this afternoon. Perhaps the coyote has gone back to Schmitz Park?
I haven’t seen any cats or squirrels go thru my back yard for about a week now. They used to cross the yard regularly.
When is the city going to captures the coyotes and relocate them, before all our pets are gone. Are the small children next? The coyotes are multiplying, only to cause more problems in the future. The city needs to do something!
The authorities currently advise education on co-existence. But that doesn’t mean being quiet about it – they continue to urge that you help ensure coyotes maintain a fear of humans. This advice is borne out in a link from Colorado, shared by Bob A. – after a coyote killed an off-leash dog that was in the mountains with a hiker, local authorities reminded people to do everything they can to harass/scare off coyotes they encounter.
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