West Seattle coyotes: 2 seen in Highland Park

June 25, 2013 at 12:34 am | In Coyotes, Highland Park, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 18 Comments

We’ve been asked a few times lately, what happened to all the coyotes? We haven’t heard of any sightings for a while, but that by no means suggests they’re not still out there. And in fact, Tiann just reported moments ago:

Just saw 2 coyotes between Webster and Holden on 14th. … They must be lost. That’s a very odd area for coyotes to be seen.

Not that unusual, actually – coyotes have been discussed before at the Highland Park Action Committee‘s meetings, just a couple blocks from Tiann’s sighting, with a brief appearance this spring by the federal hunter whose rounds made a stir last year (his advice about ensuring we and they keep away from each other was the same you’ll find here).


  1. Golfed at WS yesterday and at least six were around. Two of them hanging out very close to us, lounging in the sun by the tee box and in the middle of the fairway :)

    Comment by Yolanda — 7:28 am June 25, 2013 #

  2. I saw one in pigeon point park on sunday at around 7pm…

    Comment by Aaarg — 7:32 am June 25, 2013 #

  3. I saw one drinking a pina colada at trader vics. His hair was perfect.

    Comment by gary — 8:05 am June 25, 2013 #

  4. we saw one crossing Admiral Way (on the hill) on Friday night, around 7:15 pm. that was the first one i’d ever seen.

    Comment by sam-c — 8:13 am June 25, 2013 #

  5. They must be lost. Nickelsville is further down the road boys..

    Comment by jiggers — 8:13 am June 25, 2013 #

  6. I am sure if they catch them- the judge will let them go.

    Comment by Mike in Shorewood — 8:41 am June 25, 2013 #

  7. I see them often near 26th and Brandon (on the other side of the golf course fence). The brush in the forested area between there an High Point is usually trampled by them, and you can hear them at night.

    Comment by Thomas — 8:46 am June 25, 2013 #

  8. Shoot them. they are nothing but trouble. all they are is glorified possums

    Comment by 935 — 9:10 am June 25, 2013 #

  9. Not odd at all, I saw one in that area a couple of years ago.

    Think they’ll come and deal with the mice in my backyard?

    Comment by datamuse — 9:10 am June 25, 2013 #

  10. Our neighbor reported seeing one on our block near 37th and Charlestown last week around 10PM.

    Comment by Belvidere — 9:57 am June 25, 2013 #

  11. 935, before you oil up your gun, you might want to read this:



    Please note the paragraph that addresses the point as to the effect of trying to eradicate coyote populations.



    Comment by miws — 10:17 am June 25, 2013 #

  12. Mike, I just read the Humane Society report and reject its hypothesis. It generalizes many scenarios, sugarcoats typical coyote behavior, and doesn’t take into consideration our topography, existing ecosystems and land uses, quality of life issues, etc. I’m a long time westsider, and know the current coyote population is many times more than it ever has been in the last half-century. Eradication is a long shot, but we must work harder to control coyote population on our peninsula, and the first step is working to change the official City apathy toward logical animal control.

    Comment by Furor Scribendi — 12:40 pm June 25, 2013 #

  13. Furor Scribendi – As a fellow very long time westsider, agree with ALL your summation!

    Comment by Jack Spara — 2:16 pm June 25, 2013 #

  14. There are a couple in the Morgan junction area keeping the cat population to a minimum, as well as the possums!

    Comment by Silly Goose — 2:38 pm June 25, 2013 #

  15. Coyotes are alive and well around Belvidere and Admiral area. Our neighbors recently found the remains of a raccoon that was clearly killed by a coyote. Before that we heard a nighttime attack on a cat and saw the coyote walking down the street at about 3 am.

    Comment by Marti — 8:07 pm June 25, 2013 #

  16. quick get the surveillance cameras on them! oh wait, the camera don’t work at night and coyotes have more liberty than some classes of humans.

    Comment by Cyn — 10:15 pm June 25, 2013 #

  17. thanks for giving me reason to smile, gary!

    Comment by m — 11:04 pm June 25, 2013 #

  18. I saw twelve off leash dogs walking by my house.

    Comment by flyntheointment — 12:04 pm June 26, 2013 #

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