West Seattle coyote updates: Latest sightings; federal followup

August 6, 2012 at 11:51 pm | In Coyotes, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 65 Comments

A two-part update tonight regarding West Seattle coyotes: First, thanks to everyone who has shared recent sightings, which we’ll be adding to the map that debuted here back in May, with locations of the sighting reports we’ve received periodically since 2007. Nothing particularly unusual about the latest sightings – just further proof that coyotes are all over the peninsula; the sightings included the Admiral District, Seaview, Gatewood, West Seattle High School vicinity, Hamilton Viewpoint vicinity, Arbor Heights. One included a warning from a Fauntleroy resident who believes a coyote killed their cat in late July; their neighbor heard a commotion and found the cat in his driveway, three days after another local family lost a pet. The resident says, “People should be warned to keep their pets inside at night, especially.”

That brings us to the Seola Beach situation we first reported in late June, after learning that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services division had been called in to investigate the possibility of “aggressive coyotes” (here’s our original report). We finally got back in touch with Wildlife Services’ regional assistant director Ken Gruver late last week after a few bouts of protracted phone tag. He in turn checked in with the field agent who was reported to be working with neighbors upset by coyote attacks on two dogs last spring.

Gruver is the official who told us, as quoted in our second June report, that the field agent, Aaron Stevens, was on a “fact-finding mission” that could lead to a recommendation to kill one or more coyotes.

In this latest conversation, Gruver told WSB contributor Katie Meyer that Stevens believes up to nine coyotes are in the Seola area, and his current task is “technical assistance” – educating those who are out walking dogs, etc., to keep them close, and trying to figure out who is feeding the coyotes. Gruver said that with up to nine in the area, “I guarantee you someone is feeding those coyotes,” and that’s what contributes to the coyotes losing their fear of humans, and getting too close to people and pets. “In nearly all cases of problem coyotes, we can trace it back to people feeding them.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean somebody putting out bowls of food specifically intended for coyotes – it’s food left outside for pets, garbage cans left open, food left in parking lots or picnic areas.

As of that conversation, there had been no specific identification of problem animals, nor any decision to kill them. Gruver told Katie he doesn’t know what’ll happen next, but, “hopefully if there’s a food source, we will find it and eliminate it, make people aware. And if you see a coyote walking down the street, run him off – make him shy of people, get coyotes back to being afraid of humans.” That’s the same advice in the state Department of Fish and Wildlife “coexisting with coyotes” information we’ve long been sharing here.

How long will Stevens continue investigating/assisting in Seola Beach? “Unknown,” Gruver replied. We’ll continue to check back.

65 Comments

  1. Last week around 5am my husband observed 2 coyotes near 106th and Marine View Drive, and very sadly each of them had a cat in its mouth.

    Comment by littlebrowndog — 3:57 am August 7, 2012 #

  2. I’ve been living on Alki near Schmitz Park for almost 2 years (and lost my tuxedo cat several weeks after I moved in), but I have not heard any reports of coyote sightings in this area. Have there been any?

    Comment by annika — 7:05 am August 7, 2012 #

  3. As a resident of Ocean View ” just above Seola Beach” I have heard large groups of coyotes at night.

    Comment by Matt — 7:26 am August 7, 2012 #

  4. Aaron has placed at least one snare down at Seola with a property owner’s consent so he is up to a lot more than fact finding. Don’t like the secrecy and double talk from Wildlife services!

    Comment by Sue — 7:59 am August 7, 2012 #

  5. Keep your pets contained. Don’t leave dogs or cats outside unsupervised. Remove places where prey (rats, rabbits, etc) can hide around your home.Easy solution!

    The coyotes were here long before you were. Make it hard to for them find food and they will move on to better places. Killing them because people can’t take the time to contain their pets is not the solution.

    Comment by Deb A — 8:20 am August 7, 2012 #

  6. I like the action from Wildlife Services…considering the amount of knee jerk outrage to the effect we should just ignore agressive coyotes in the middle of a major urban area, I’m not surprised they’re secretive!

    Comment by Van — 8:21 am August 7, 2012 #

  7. I love how whenever someone loses an outside cat, coyotes are to blame. I never hear about Accords or 4Runners taking any of the blame. Maybe your cat just thought you sucked and set out for a better life.

    Comment by Travis — 8:39 am August 7, 2012 #

  8. There’s lots that were here way before us. Maybe we should give it back.

    Comment by Rick — 8:44 am August 7, 2012 #

  9. annika, if you live near Schmitz then they are definitely around. I last saw one there a few years ago, but I don’t get to Schmitz that often.

    Comment by datamuse — 8:50 am August 7, 2012 #

  10. @Annika – I’ve lived on 49th Ave. by Schmitz Park for the past four years and always hear the coyotes howling in the summertime. I finally saw my first one in February. He sauntered through my front yard, then sniffed around my neighbor’s porch and continued down the street. They’re definitely around this area, so keep an eye out for them. My cats never go outside unsupervised anymore because you can never be too careful…

    Comment by KJ — 8:52 am August 7, 2012 #

  11. i saw 5 coyotes near arbor heights pool

    Comment by petefotopoulos@gmail.com — 9:38 am August 7, 2012 #

  12. I would LOVE to find coyotes in my yard. It would be better than the two cats (pale siamese cat with a bell and a butter scotched colored cat) that keep stalking the songbirds in my yard. Send your unwanted coyotes to Beach Dr!

    Comment by kate — 9:59 am August 7, 2012 #

  13. ooh, Kate, you touched a sore spot that I don’t bother poking anymore. There are lots of free-ranging cat advocates here that are not at all interested in learning the secret lives of cats.
    Actually, it’s not really a secret:
    http://www.kittycams.uga.edu/photovideo.html
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    Even if they’re unwilling to educate themselves about the damage outdoor cats do, you’d think they’d think twice about feeding cats to coyotes (not to mention cars and disease).
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    Oh well, it’s not the kitties’ fault.

    Comment by amalia — 10:37 am August 7, 2012 #

  14. I’m just happy they haven’t attacked any children yet. Across the ravine from us lives a family with small children (five years and under) that appear to be left out to play, unsupervised, in their fenced backyard at times. That said, there are coyotes just a few feet from their yard in the ravine, and after a coyote attacked a young child earlier this year on the Oregon coast, as well as a young singer (19) in Canada being stalked and killed by two coyotes in 2009, I don’t want them anywhere around me, my dogs or cats. I sic’ed my hunting dog on a pack of them a few years back (they were killing something in my front yard), and I believe they learn and adapt quickly, as they haven’t been back to my property, that I know of, since then. btw, I called her off before she caught up to any of them, but boy, did they scatter!

    Comment by Livin' in WS since '91 — 10:44 am August 7, 2012 #

  15. Deb A, you shouldn’t assume that people aren’t simply taking the time. You can’t know that. One poster on the “pets” page explained that her housekeeper accidentally let the cat that got killed out. We do well to check our assumptions. And, Kate, don’t forget that humans are part of the food chain, too. Careful what you wish for.

    Comment by Robert — 11:06 am August 7, 2012 #

  16. On the topic of the USDA “wildlife services”, two weeks ago I was leading a Kayak wildlife watching group on the west mouth of the Duwamish river. We stopped near the cranes #301 to view the Osprey nests the on the port’s light towers. After a few minutes we where shocked to hear the sound of gun shots and to witness Arctic Terns dropping from the sky……someone was shooting these Birds out of the sky from the Port as the birds circled overhead. I believe these birds must have been baited in as they just circled and others where coming in from the distance. This went on for 10 minutes before we decided it was time to leave. Dozens of these birds where killed in this time, and it continued as we paddled off. A boat (Mariner Pilot Boat) coming down the river called this in to the Port Police, as I did when I got back to my phone. The officer I spoke to indicated that they already received this report and that they had checked it out, finding that the USDA was performing an “Extermination”.
    Although (in my opinion) man is efficient at exterminating animals, we are unable to control nature.
    Read about the amazing Arctic Terns here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_Tern

    Comment by mike — 11:20 am August 7, 2012 #

  17. Peoples, really? Do coyotes etc really get kudos for being here first? That shouldn’t trump reality. Let’s be responsible urban neighbors and control excess wildlife populations before it gets more out of hand. Also, Kate, do you want my family of raccoons along with our westside coyotes? I think not after the warm ‘n fuzzies give way to the hot ‘n bothereds after you experience the stench, noise, and destructiveness of these proven disease vectors.

    Comment by furor scribendi — 11:34 am August 7, 2012 #

  18. Mike, Katie asked Ken Gruver about that report. His reply, via e-mail, was, “I don’t have any knowledge of this. Terns are a very sensitive bird species and our agency does no lethal control for them. “

    Comment by WSB — 12:11 pm August 7, 2012 #

  19. Mike, it’s very, very unlikely you saw arctic terns on the Duwamish. They pass the WA coast only during migration and can rarely be seen from land. If they were congregating here, it would be big news in the birding community.
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    Plus, it’s illegal to kill them.

    Comment by amalia — 12:40 pm August 7, 2012 #

  20. I love Arctic Terns! Mike, your story is disturbing. I have noticed a lot more terns this summer- last night there was a flock of about 20 flying overhead near Emma Schmitz. Has there been an increase in the population recently?

    Comment by kate — 12:54 pm August 7, 2012 #

  21. Caspian Terns are here in the Duwamish and in the Nisqually Delta on a seasonal basis. Stout orange beaks, pretty birds.
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    The coyotes will consume all the smaller animals here before they all vote to get up and leave.
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    My pet cat is killing rodents at a ratio of 4 or 5 to 1 of birds. No songbirds in the last two years.
    Only starlings. So thank the cat owners for the free rodent control you get here in the city. And don’t play the dirty house or yard card here. He is getting the rodents from elsewhere in the neighborhood.
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    Read the past coyote blog postings.

    Comment by Neal Chism — 1:22 pm August 7, 2012 #

  22. And Mike, I did talk to one of the senior people at the Port last week and they were interested in finding out what was going on too. Passed along some contact information to that person.

    Comment by Neal Chism — 1:32 pm August 7, 2012 #

  23. Annika – there are most definitely coyotes in the Alki area, near Schmitz Park. We live in that area as well, and have seen them during the night, roaming. Our cat is indoor only – but we have heard a cat or two struggle in the middle of the night. Extremely sad.
    I’m sorry to hear about your tuxedo cat, and everyone else that has lost an animal to a coyote.

    Comment by Sassy — 1:34 pm August 7, 2012 #

  24. Neal – you can’t prove a null hypothesis, huh? Read the latest literature: cats leave 60% of their kills at the kill site and owners never see them. Alas, you are not the first to post the “I didn’t see it so it didn’t happen” argument.
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    Besides, not everyone considers voles, moles, and other small mammals to be pests. They are what some of us call “wildlife.”

    Comment by amalia — 1:36 pm August 7, 2012 #

  25. What do these species have in common?
    The hornets in your attic.
    The rats in your bedroom.
    The mice in your silverware drawer.
    The raccoon latrine under your porch.
    The bear in the Admiral Safeway dumpster.
    The mountain lion on the bike trail.
    The coyote in Lincoln park by the childrens play area.

    They were all here before us. And we as a human society find them dangerous to human health and safety. The knee jerk reaction from people is because they think coyotes are cute, “like dogs”.

    Comment by Tony — 1:58 pm August 7, 2012 #

  26. “Besides, not everyone considers voles, moles, and other small mammals to be pests. They are what some of us call “wildlife.””
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    How bout killer bees, termites eating your wood frame house, I bet even Amalia has his or her list of non-desirable “wildlife”.
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    I’m not trying to prove anything. I have an idea of what might happen when the coyotes come through and eat most of the smaller animal population.

    And tell me what happens to the bird eggs up in the nests after we take all the cats away and let the rodents party on.
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    The problem is that rodent gestation period is around twice as fast as most other animals.
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    So substitute large 30-40 pound wild dog packs for all of our cats. Let the rodent population bloom and tell me where your song birds went?
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    (BTW, that bird food laying on the ground is a pretty good attractant for rodents.)

    Comment by Neal Chism — 2:23 pm August 7, 2012 #

  27. Eagles also pick up cats and small dogs. I was witness to an eagle almost getting a cat recently. If the cat had not flattened the eagle would have had it. I would hope that people would learn to keep their cats in & be watchful of their dogs not only from eagles but coyotes. I have heard too many “I wish I had listened” from people over the years. I was an unfortunate witness to a coyote chasing a cat & was not in the right position to help the cat. It was sad when I saw the poster go up with the missing cat having to contact the people with what I saw & then someone later finding a cat part. How do we get people to understand and not be so “it won’t happen to my pet” attitude?

    Comment by Faith4 — 2:32 pm August 7, 2012 #

  28. “cats leave 60% of their kills at the kill site and owners never see them”
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    Ok, so the cat is killing more than it is bringing home for us to see. It might just be that the distribution is what is important. If the ratio of animals he is bringing home is 4-5 to 1 rodent to bird, then the stuff he is leaving behind is probably about the same. Just a guess on my part.
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    Comment by Neal Chism — 2:34 pm August 7, 2012 #

  29. “Alas, you are not the first to post the “I didn’t see it so it didn’t happen” argument.”
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    Where did I post that argument?

    Comment by Neal Chism — 2:46 pm August 7, 2012 #

  30. Why is it when there is a dog or cat killed, or a person bitten by a dog the call goes out to the city animal control to capture or remove the attacking dog and have it put down???
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    But if it’s a coyote it OK???
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    I pray it doesn’t happen but I would like to see the reaction of those who are against the culling of aggressive coyotes if it is them, their pet dog or cat, or heaven forbid, their child that gets attacked or bitten by one of them.
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    I wonder if they will be singing the same tune and saying well it’s mine and societies fault because they were here first?
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    As I have said in previous posts I have seen these aggressive coyotes attack a LEASHED pet while on a walk. They have JUMPED fences to get to dogs in the backyards.
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    They have lost their fear of man and it won’t be long before there is an attack on a human in the West Seattle area. It’s not an IF but a WHEN.

    Comment by Ex-Westwood Resident — 2:47 pm August 7, 2012 #

  31. Thank you datamuse, KJ and Sassy! It makes sense that there are some in this area, and I am glad to know for sure.

    Comment by annika — 2:53 pm August 7, 2012 #

  32. “How do we get people to understand and not be so “it won’t happen to my pet” attitude?”
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    Again, it is not only just about our pets here.
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    The coyote population will grow until it runs out of food. Their food is all the small animals here, NOT just the pets. It is also about the moles, and voles, and raccoons (though I don’t like them much), and the foxes, and the rabbits, and, and, and…..
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    Comment by Neal Chism — 2:57 pm August 7, 2012 #

  33. We live just above Seola in Shorewood and last week awoke to sirens (fire dept.possibly) in the neighborhood which was accompanied by what sounded like 10 coyotes howling to the sirens. We have heard howlings many times before but this was incredibly LOUD!

    Comment by Dave — 4:30 pm August 7, 2012 #

  34. I see the news stations have picked up the coyote story and here in West Seattle filming and talking about it. Just saw it a few minutes ago.

    Comment by Faith4 — 5:15 pm August 7, 2012 #

  35. It is simple. The city should just put out a bounty on the coyotes. After all they are invading mans natural habitat. man does have a natural habitat, don’t we?

    Comment by boy — 5:35 pm August 7, 2012 #

  36. Not again. When we started reporting on the Seola situation, two picked it up and turned it into “coyotes on the rampage in West Seattle” instead of “federal agent hired to possibly kill coyotes in West Seattle.” Oh well, thanks for the heads up – TR

    Comment by WSB — 5:36 pm August 7, 2012 #

  37. Coyotes ARE NOT NATIVE to western WA. They are vermon! Enough with the “they were here first” crap. I want the feds to kill them all.

    Move to the sticks if you want big predators in your area. I choose to live in the city for a reason.

    Comment by AJR — 5:58 pm August 7, 2012 #

  38. Cats kill songbirds. Neal is living in fairyland, his “statistics” are bogus! Nobody including Neal follows their roaming cats 24/7! Well-fed neighbor cats including Neal’s are killing wild birds in my yard all the time.

    PLEASE KEEP YOUR CATS INDOORS !!

    Comment by voice of reason — 7:10 pm August 7, 2012 #

  39. TR – Years ago I had 2 coyotes in my yard about the time some news channels was screaming that cults were killing cats in West Seattle – I wrote to them that coyotes were common and frequently killed cats, and that I found my cat on the roof the night the coyotes were there, and they pretty much stalked me until I did an interview with them (they found out that I’m a wildlife biologist). They really just wanted to sound alarms, first about “cults” and then about stalking coyotes. Although I was very boring, confining my comments to facts, my cat and I somehow made the evening, night, and morning news (my cute kitty was even the teaser). But boy, did that interviewer try her darndest to get me to say something loaded about hunting packs of coyotes! Fortunately for them, they were able to find someone with a “counterargument” that cults were indeed out slaughtering cats, and they ran that in the story as well. Heck, maybe they were.

    Comment by Amalia — 7:47 pm August 7, 2012 #

  40. AJR is correct. Coyotes are NOT native to WA State. They are an invasive species here and in many other areas where their range is expanding, including Canada and Alaska.
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    They are a pest species, like rats. Probably the only way to make them afraid of humans again is to kill some of them.
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    Comment by JoAnne — 7:58 pm August 7, 2012 #

  41. In over 20 years in WS, we have gone from seeing foxes occasionally to seeing and hearing only of coyotes. During that period we lost 2 cats before we became aware of coyotes. We now are cat-containment advocates. We’ve also seen the “Lost Cat” signs proliferate. It seems as if the coyotes found a good source of food, have no natural enemies, and MULTIPLIED here over the years. They’ve been eating pets (and foxes) and whatever else they scrounge from yards. It’s a people problem, all right, but it just may be that the coyotes are really out of control in the area due to all the slow learners.

    Comment by MMB — 8:33 pm August 7, 2012 #

  42. When they say, “I guarantee someone is feeding them”, could it possibly be the cat population?

    Comment by evergreen — 8:34 pm August 7, 2012 #

  43. Again I say why do you let your cats outside?! Don’t you love them enough to keep them inside especially after reading about the coyotes?
    They’re here and nothing is being done about them quickly enough so KEEP YOUR PETS INSIDE.

    Comment by NemoBeanBean — 8:52 pm August 7, 2012 #

  44. Again I say to NemoBeanBean and those making the same comment to question your assumptions. How insensitive to say that people don’t love their cats. Some cats are determined to get out, despite our best efforts. Some cats get out on accident, as I mentioned above. Stuff happens, as the saying goes.

    Comment by Robert — 10:19 pm August 7, 2012 #

  45. “Nobody including Neal follows their roaming cats 24/7! Well-fed neighbor cats including Neal’s are killing wild birds in my yard all the time.”
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    I am the first one to post statistics on just what one of my cats have brought in. They kill birds and rodents. And I never claimed to follow my cats 24/7… But I suspect that my cats are not killing wild birds in your yard all the time. Unless of course you are saying that you are monitoring your backyard 24/7. Video or do you have a comfortable lawn chair arrangement? Voice of reason is maybe not the voice of logic.
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    Again, trade in all the cats for coyotes and good luck to us all. Humans have kept cats for about 2000 years for good reason. So I say a vote for the coyotes is a vote against all the little animals including birds.
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    “his “statistics” are bogus”
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    So donate more money to the Audubon Society and get statistics you can agree with.

    Comment by Neal Chism — 10:27 pm August 7, 2012 #

  46. I stand corrected on assumption of TV coyote angle(s). Here’s what KING did today/tonight:
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    http://www.king5.com/news/Bainbridge-Islands-rat-coyote-connection-165367616.html
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    Bainbridge is having a rat resurgence and one guy thinks it’s because people are taking out the coyotes.

    Comment by WSB — 2:02 am August 8, 2012 #

  47. So 40 percent of the diet of coyotes is rodents, which implies that 60 percent of the rest of their diet is all the other animals.
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    The problem on Bainbridge Is. becomes one of sorting out if the coyotes population grew to a point where they ate enough of the smaller animals first, like cats, that were also killing rodents. And then people had to control the coyote population. (Which I will agree here will now only make the rodent situation much worse for Bainbridge Is..) Was the control of the coyotes too late, or were the coyotes the only animal there in the first place keeping the lid on the rat population?
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    My argument has been that reestablishing coyotes will eat the smaller animals. Then the rat population blooms because a good portion of the smaller animals, like cats that are more efficient at hunting rodents than bigger animals, are now gone. You are still left with a lot of still hungry coyotes who are eating rodents, but just not eating them fast enough.
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    The choice for WS is which animal do you want controlling the rodent population, our 10 pound house cats that pee on stuff and eat birds, or 30-40 pound uncontrolled, pack hunting wild dogs, the coyotes?
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    As for Bainbridge, it sounds like they have lots of coyotes and lots of rodents.

    Comment by Neal Chism — 10:04 am August 8, 2012 #

  48. Thanks, your correct they where Caspian Terns, sorry for the mistake. Interesting the USDA/Port had no info on the hunting concidering the Port Police had other calls and told me the USDA was responsible.

    Comment by mike — 10:47 am August 8, 2012 #

  49. I am not too surprised. There are so many interacting agencies down there that it is amazing to me that anything can get done. But I guess the Port has to bow to a federal level agency.

    Comment by Neal Chism — 11:19 am August 8, 2012 #

  50. A more interesting question is what where those birds munching on down at the docks that would ring alarm bells over at the Dept. of Ag.?

    Comment by Neal Chism — 11:25 am August 8, 2012 #

  51. Good news for Bainbridge Island too!
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    Rat Island, Alaska has changed its’ name, so Bainbridge is free to use it!
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawadax_Island,_Alaska
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    This one was for Amalia and “THE VOICE OF REASON!”
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    Sorry couldn’t resist….

    Comment by Neal Chism — 12:27 pm August 8, 2012 #

  52. Coyotes kill cats to eliminate competition for rodents. Even if the coyote diet doesn’t show a lot of cat, they are still killing cats.
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    I’ve also noticed that the Canadian goose “problem” we had in parks has decreased a lot…
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    People do need to watch their cats, but some cats are hard to keep inside. I limit the excursions to daylight hours…when I’m home…and hope for the best.

    Comment by JoAnne — 1:31 pm August 8, 2012 #

  53. Response to “Robert” I apologize if I hurt your feelings or anyone else’s I didn’t mean it in the sense that you don’t love your pets/cats. I’m sure you all do.
    I have 2 cats, got both when kittens and they are 9 & 8 yrs. old now and both have never been outside, I guess I’m lucky, but you can keep them inside if you really make the effort.

    And as for “Cats” killing the wild birds, they are animals that is their natural instinct same for the coyotes to kill smaller animals for food but we as humans chose to domesticate cats and dogs so it’s up to us to control what we have chosen to change.

    Comment by NemoBeanBean — 4:16 pm August 8, 2012 #

  54. Saw two large Coyotes running down 37th and Ida. Chased them in my car….. They were running at around 20 mph…..I was surprised how fast they were going. What are the odds on a human vs coyote (maybe 2 coyote) fight?

    Comment by Tim — 5:19 pm August 8, 2012 #

  55. Tim, depends on if the human is exercising their 2nd Amendment rights.
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    Or carrying a baseball bat.
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    Otherwise not too good.

    Comment by Ex-Westwood Resident — 10:28 pm August 8, 2012 #

  56. After reading a lot of these comments, I felt compelled to point out that some good, factually based information on coyotes is available on the WDFW website here:

    http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/coyotes.html

    Comment by Kevin Mack — 7:55 am August 9, 2012 #

  57. “so it’s up to us to control what we have chosen to change.”
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    We have also chosen to change this area into a high density living place for humans. So we control which animals are allowed and not allowed inside city limits.
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    And long ago we domesticated cats and dogs for very specific reasons.
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    The coyote numbers will continue to grow until they run out of food sources.

    Comment by Neal Chism — 9:15 am August 9, 2012 #

  58. Yes the state information is all good and fine stuff.
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    However West Seattle is surrounded on three sides by water, a peninsula. So the coyotes here are up against a geographical fence.
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    And the only way these animals will leave is when the food is gone. All the food. And sooner or later we will be left with a small mono-crop of predators, the coyotes, and probably a mono-crop of prey, the rodents.

    Comment by Neal Chism — 9:24 am August 9, 2012 #

  59. Im glad coyotes control the roaming cat population. Free ranging cats delicate in my garden and under my deck and spray with horrible markings. Responsible owmers should keep their cat indoors. For those who don’t hooray for the coyotes!

    Comment by Gman — 7:22 pm August 9, 2012 #

  60. want to keep cats from gardens, flower beds? Sprinkle Cayanne (sp?) pepper on the ground. It won’t hurt the plants and will keep cats away.

    Comment by Ex-Westwood Resident — 8:22 pm August 9, 2012 #

  61. Gman, I know how you can attract coyotes to your yard and prevent cats from “delicating” in your yard. Some dark night you can put on a Lady Gaga-style meat dress and go lie down in your back yard. Problem solved.

    Comment by Robert — 5:19 pm August 10, 2012 #

  62. And here is something interesting for “those who don’t hooray for the coyotes”. I viewed the King 5 video of the rat news on Bainbridge from the previous WS blog link. Jean Enersen said something interesting early on in the story, that they had “several theories” about what is happening and King 5 presented only one theory as far as I can tell. So I tracked down the Bainbridge newspaper article. Here it is.
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    http://www.insidebainbridge.com/tag/rat-invasion-on-bainbridge-island/
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    In this story, if you read it carefully, the wildlife.org guy says the coyote population blossomed several years ago. So why is Bainbridge having rodent blooms now given that the locals are just starting to control the coyote numbers? Here’s Neal’s theory. All those coyotes ate lots of rodents and many of the other smaller animals that were eating rodents. Now the locals start taking away the only predator left for the rodents, and it is rodent party time.
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    From Oct 10, 2011, WS Blog
    Comment by Neal
    “There won’t be many little animals left outside because the numbers of coyotes will increase exponentially until there is no more food left, except probably for the rodents, rodents breed faster than most other animals. That’s how the predator-prey math works. Indigenous or non-indigenous, it won’t matter.”
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    And note that the coyote pup had its’ jaws around that guys’ hand in the King 5 video too….

    Comment by Neal Chism — 6:35 pm August 10, 2012 #

  63. While walking my dog (a golden retriever) this morning, Thursday 8/16, I saw two coyotes around 5AM at the corner of 36th Avenue SW & SW Henderson. The coyotes walked south on 36th about 50 feet and just watched as we walked past on Henderson, when we got to the alley between 36th & 37th I turned and they were back on the corner watching us. It was fascinating and unnerving at the same time.

    Comment by WB — 12:01 pm August 16, 2012 #

  64. And as a footnote, I finally did have had some time to read the latest “research” regarding cats and wild birds. Gezz! One of the sponsors is a branch of the Audubon Society. See this listed at the bottom of the page listed under partners.
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    http://www.kittycams.uga.edu/index.html
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    And if you actually take the time read and do some very simple math, it turns out that birds make up only 13 percent of the cats total take, as measured by this very same fine “research”.
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    And I did see this story reported on one of the news channels as “Cats are killing all the birds….Yap, Yap, Yap…….” A few of the blog commentators here might need to actually have a look at the data from this “research” before calling it “the latest research”.
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    And while I am at it, this study had such a small sample size that it does not reflect much. One geographical location measuring 60 kitties with Kitty Cams. Wow, the same study suggested that there are only about 5 million pet cats out there.
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    So why don’t you just ask the cat owners what the cats bring in and survey that data. Wait, they did this over in the UK where 14,000 reports were analyzed with about 1000 cats as the sample size. Probably the error bars are a little smaller in this study then in the Kitty Cam saga.
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    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2907.2003.00017.x/abstract;jsessionid=0AB06B940BF6066615B1ACAD9C278744.d03t01
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    Time to burn some witches along with all their cats. That should fix all our problems!
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    Comment by Neal Chism — 6:21 pm August 16, 2012 #

  65. Just an FYI for those of you with small dogs that like to walk the Longfellow Creek trail. We have noticed a couple of Coyotes have taken up residence in the woods near the pea patch off of Thistle and next to Chief Sealth. Never seen them there before this week, and we walk our German Shepherds through there 2x a day. The Coyotes run away when they see us coming with our 2 beasts, but I see people near there with small dogs and the Coyotes seem to come out and watch them. Use care and make lots of noise particularly if you are in the pea patch with little ones. Hopefully as school starts up and the HS kids go tromping through the woods to smoke they’ll move them along somewhere else.

    Comment by Matt — 8:36 am August 24, 2012 #

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