West Seattle coyotes: Roundup of latest reader reports

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.

From Trina:

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).

7 Replies to "West Seattle coyotes: Roundup of latest reader reports"

  • Lena October 15, 2012 (12:31 am)

    While walking through the middle of Lincoln Park we saw two coyotes this afternoon, around 12:30pm. They passed right in front of us (very near to my 2 year old son and I). Luckily, they did not seem interested in us.

  • Smitty October 15, 2012 (6:47 am)

    Early this a.m. walking our dog near Walnut and Charlestown. Saw at least one and it was – in my opinion – stalking (stalking might be harsh – but it was odd) us. We were walking North/South and it was crossing East/West in front of us(about a half block ahead each pass) – taking a peak at us every time we advanced a block. I finally decided to get home quick, just in case. Not sure if there are any cases of coyotes going after mid-size dogs or not (retriever).

    Bigger than I thought it would be. Definitely lean and mean though……hopefully this is much ado about nothing……but thought it best to get the word out so people will be a little more observent.

  • Diane October 15, 2012 (12:50 pm)

    We live in a wooded area above Beach Drive that has a very large greenbelt that is part of Me-Kwa-Mooks park. We can usually hear coyotes howl at night. This morning, I opened my garage door and
    spotted a large coyote running up my driveway with a black animal (size of a cat) in its mouth!
    It ran quickly into the wooded area and disappeard.

  • Debbe Myers October 16, 2012 (8:44 am)

    Just saw a coyote running up my street near the Alaska Junction. I live on 40th Avenue between Dakota and Genesse.

  • Tanner Lloyd October 18, 2012 (1:40 am)

    I was just getting some late night coffee, looked out my window on 37th and Kenyon and saw a coyote running up the street headed for 35th. This was about ten minutes ago.

  • peter rosenberg October 20, 2012 (11:05 pm)

    Last Tuesday, in broad daylight, I encountered a large coyote in N. Admiral area. It was on Sunset Ave., running full tilt toward me and our small dog. I yelled at it and the animal made an abrupt left turn and headed up a side street.

  • schwaggy October 27, 2012 (11:27 am)

    Coyote spotted this morning at 10:30 crossing 40th between Oregon and Genesee, trotting up and in to the alley between 40th and 41st, heading South toward Oregon. Looked real mangy.

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