Last time we published a roundup of recent coyote sightings, we included a reader photo from 36th and Hinds. After that, Marvin Music sent photos of what he thinks might be the same one – above – often seen, he says, near his home in the 33rd/Hinds area, though seldom in daylight. And now, it’s time another roundup – starting with two sightings came in barely an hour apart this afternoon. First, from Katy:
Approaching the intersection of 41st and Dawson just a few minutes (4:10 pm sunday) ago I startled a coyote, who turned north on Dawson and trotted along the sidewalk nearly the full length of the block. I glanced away to grab my camera and he/she turned up into one of the yards for cover. My husband swears he saw a coyote with two older pups in the neighbor’s yard about a month ago… These sightings are happening in the middle of the day. We have some folks in the neighborhood that choose to leave feed out for feral cats…I’ve seen raccoons also feeding on those porches. Perhaps these things in turn attract the coyotes… who knows…. I am assuming they will avoid people, but again, who knows. Slightly unnerving.
Just wanted to let you know I saw a coyote in our neighborhood. It was on 26th Ave SW between 100th st and 99th st. Let people know to keep their pets inside!
Ahead, four other sightings from the past week:
From Amy on Friday:
Not alarmed by this at all, since I know there have been reports of them in this neighborhood, but I thought you could add it to your map. My husband was just in the front yard of our house (42nd between Hudson & Dawson) and saw a coyote streaking up the sidewalk heading north. He was impressed by how fast the coyote was moving, and was quite confident it was not a loose dog.
From Patrice on Wednesday:
This morning about 6:10am I was walking my dog (a lab mix), and I saw a coyote running on 34th Avenue SW north toward Thistle. My dog is older and usually doesn’t get that excited about much, but she was jumping & barking over this canine.
From Mike, last weekend:
Lone coyote adult running scared up Spokane and turned left at top of hill going past Madison Middle School @1:45 pm.
Also last weekend, from Raechelle:
Just a quick note to report a coyote sighting – running north (away from us) on the west sidewalk of 42nd at Andover. At first, I thought it was a deer because it almost looked like it was prancing, but then thought nah, it couldn’t be.
And one more thing of note, since the last coyote-report roundup – NPR linked WSB coyote coverage, as well as coverage from other cities, in this story, speculating on whether other “large predators” might follow coyotes’ example and move into cities.
So what do you do if you see one? (Short answer: Do your best to scare it away, for their sake and yours.) How do you discourage them from taking up residence in your neighborhood? That’s all in the info-link we usually share with coyote sightings – from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Still don’t believe they’re everywhere? We continue adding to the map of sightings that have come in since we started tracking them five years ago (and will add these sightings too).