Mark Wangerin thinks that might be the same coyote he’s photographed before in the West Seattle Golf Course/lower Camp Long area. This photo is from Thursday. And it leads off the latest list of sightings reported by WSB’ers – read on:
On the 19th, Christine saw one in Gatewood, at night:
I was out walking my dog … in the 6700 block of 38th when I spotted, in silhouette, what I thought was a lone coyote walking across Warsaw Street. It wasn’t running, but had that slower. lankier, “on the prowl” demeanor. It went into the alley between the homes on 38th and 37th in the 6700 block.
That same day, Jeff saw one on Puget Ridge, by day:
Smallish coyote in our backyard this morning. On 17th across from Duwamish Cohousing.
Wendy sent this report:
I live in the North Admiral District and was startled by a large coyote running down the middle of my street (Sunset Ave – 1300 block) early Tuesday [last week] afternoon. It appeared to be running at about 20 mph and as I have a small dog, this was very scary. My neighbor also saw it while walking her dog, a larger breed. She phoned me to give me warning after hearing my story.
(The preceding day) I ran into two other dog walkers near 45th and Seattle Ave.. One gentleman who has a small dog told me that he and his dog were actually CHARGED by a coyote on Tuesday, the day of my sighting. He had to grab up his dog and stomp and yell to get the coyote away from them. The second lady with a large dog had also been frightened by a coyote.
Please let people know how fast and fearless these animals are. They can run up to 40 mph and will devour anything they can get. Even tho’ they prey on small animals, they are very capable of taking down a large one.
Tanner reports a suspected sighting:
I was just getting some late-night coffee at 1:30 in the morning, and out my window on 37th and Kenyon I saw some sort of canine run up the street. I knew it wasn’t a dog of any kind. I was trying to decide whether it was some sort of wolf or fox. I was about to call animal control, but then I went online and found out there had been a number of coyote sightings in West Seattle even just in the last few days. I also looked at pictures of coyotes on wikipedia and figured it looked a lot like an adult coyote. And that was ultimately my conclusion.
After our last roundup two weekends ago, Ann sent word of two sightings in one day:
The first was around noon. I was driving down 36th toward Hanford and a coyote ran down 36th ahead of me and turned right on Hanford into some bushes/trees.
Later in the day around 3 pm, I looked out the window and saw a coyote (may have been the same one, couldn’t say) in my backyard. I live on 36th and my backyard backs up to a tree/bush covered hill/cliff over Admiral way. I scared the coyote off and it ran into the bushes.
We have seen eyes looking at us at night from the bushes and our dog sometimes gets really worked up so I think they are in our yard often. My husband and I suspect that there is at least some small faction of them that live on that hill overlooking Admiral between 36th and Admiral since we see them so frequently.
Also after our last roundup, Karen in Hansen View (near The Mount) said her neighborhood had been talking about these a few days earlier:
· Susan emailed that she encountered a coyote around 8 PM when she was out walking her dog near 36th & Brandon. The coyote came up Brandon from 37th. Susan wrote that “He (she?) did not want anything to do with us, which is great — skulked off down the street in a big rush. Might be a good time to remind people to get their cats in early, since it was only 8 and that seems early for coyotes to be out roaming around.”
· Victoria then wrote: I saw the coyote around 11ish am yesterday morning heading down the 5000 block ally btwn 37th and 38th. I was in my car and stopped to snap a picture b/c I was so surprised. The picture is not clear or I would send it to you. It just seemed to be searching for food.
· Tim then responded: I also saw the coyote around 7 crossing 37th and Hudson, heading west into the alley between 37th and 38th.Then saw it again on 37th while walking the dogs at 8. It clearly was hanging out in a small area for awhile.
Coyotes have been seen just about everywhere in West Seattle – we have mapped the sightings reported to us over the past five years (and will be adding these), and while there’s little chance each one represents a unique coyote not duplicated elsewhere on the map, it at least shows how far they range around here. It’s most important, experts say, to do everything you can to encourage them to keep their distance – that’s all explained by state experts here.