West Seattle coyotes: Yes, shoo the little ones too

August 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm | In Coyotes, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 5 Comments

A coyote tale different from the type we usually hear, from Lizzie Jackson at Nature Consortium:

Nature Consortium staff and volunteers saw two little coyote pups today during our work party in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. They were very curious about us and after we all looked at each other for a little while we remembered that we should try to scare them off so we clapped our hands and yelled and they turned around and trotted back in the forest. Unfortunately we didn’t get any pictures but thought we would share anyway.

That’s EXACTLY what is advised in the “coexisting with coyotes” literature – to keep people, pets, and coyotes all separated, they have to maintain a wariness of humans. The advice is all here. (WSB coyote coverage, including photos now and then, is all archived here, newest to oldest.)

5 Comments

  1. yes, please don’t feed them doritos.

    Comment by redblack — 6:33 am August 5, 2011 #

  2. I so admire your strength in resisting to pick them up, as they are so cute you just want to cuddle them in your arms. I would love to have seen some pictures though, thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Silly Goose — 1:20 pm August 5, 2011 #

  3. Saw what appeared to be another BIG Male Coyote sighting on the mid-1300 block of Sunset Avenue SW in North Admiral this morning around 5:00 a.m. Also saw a new “missing cat” poster in the same neighborhood this afternoon. I hope that they are not related.

    Comment by Aman — 4:59 pm August 5, 2011 #

  4. Two cats within a block of our house were killed, and verified as killed by coyotes, in the last thirty days. The first coyote cat kill was confirmed by an animal control officer, the second by a concerned neighbor who heard the cat “screaming” around 3:00 am and ran out to investigate, and chased away three coyotes. The first cat was literally torn in half. The second did not survive. On early Tuesday morning 8/16 around 2:00 am, my husband happened to be up and looked to our back alley and there were three coyotes. They seem to take the same route every night. Same time and place. We’re at the 1900 block of 45th Ave SW in the Admiral District.

    These coyotes are simply trying to eat. But we own three cats and are pretty worried every night (making sure their inside, et al.) I think these creatures need to be captured and introduced to a wilderness area where they belong.

    Comment by Kathy — 3:40 pm August 17, 2011 #

  5. Saw one BIG Coyote in the pre-dawn again this week in the mid-1300 block of Sunset Avenue SW between 44th & 45th Ave’s SW in North Admiral. This is the third Coyote sighting in four weeks.

    Comment by Aman — 4:13 pm August 17, 2011 #

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