Two more coyote reports to share – including one instance of two seen together. Read ahead for both:
From an anonymous WSB’er:
At 11:52 pm on the night of 9/9/11, we saw two adult coyotes walking north on 31st Ave SW towards SW Othello St (map). They were walking down the middle of the street. We had just pulled up and were sitting in our car. They were clearly scavenging, darting in and out of each front yard along the west side of the street. We watched them get a little closer to our car. It was clear they knew we were there, but were not at all afraid. Having a bad feeling about that, I got out of the car and tried to spook them by yelling and clapping my hands. At first they were not at all phased. I did it for another 30 seconds or so and finally they went between two houses. We waited a bit and then saw them walking west on SW Webster St. The animals appeared to have very healthy coats, unlike coyotes I have seen in rural areas, and had giant ears. It was sad to have to yell at them, but also eerie that they were not afraid of us. We were very glad to get home in the nick of time to put our cat inside who had crossed the street to our bushes 30 seconds before.
I was on my way to my bus stop (Wednesday) morning at 5:50 am (still dark) from my home (in the 5000 block of) 38th Ave SW (map), I crossed Fauntleroy on Dawson to go up the hill. I was on the North side of Dawson nearly to 40th SW when I heard something coming North through the alley on the south side of the street. I at first thought it was a dog until it took off running past me (about 10 feet away) turned its head quickly and looked at me and kept running down the middle of 40th. It was a coyote, and he looked at me like it was as scared of me as I was of it. It happened so fast – they run very fast – I just stood there gaping saying, “Oh my God!” A few of my neighbors have reported seeing a coyote at night or in the wee hours of the morning. I believe it may be staying in the woods behind the now closed Fairmount Park Elementary. The poor creatures are just hungry, so keep your pets inside at night and early mornings.
Instead of the “co-existing with coyotes” link we often include, here’s a really simple one – a quick checklist on what to do if you see a coyote. It’s from Colorado, but applicable here.