West Seattle coyotes: Sighting reports, including photos

October 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm | In Coyotes, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 6 Comments

Four West Seattle coyote reports have come in today – two with photos, starting with the one above, from Kerry Murphy:

We were at Lincoln Park today around noon and a very bold coyote was lurking in the same pretty public spot for about an hour. We were surprised that it was lurking so close to so many people, kids, dogs – it was actually pretty busy there today! It was hanging along the path that runs just west of the gravel path that leads toward the baseball field from the north parking lot.

Stacy saw one on Genesee Hill around 6 tonight:

I was just heading out to walk my dog and saw what I thought was a loose dog running down the middle of 53rd between Genesee and Dakota. [map] At second glance I realized it was a coyote. He ran down the sidewalk, crossed over Dakota and continued down 53rd then turned back and darted into a neighbor’s yard. He must have been hiding out there because my dog started going bananas as we walked down that block. Pet owners in the area, please keep your pets inside!!

Susan photographed the next one in the Forest Lawn Cemetery (WSB sponsor) area east of High Point [map] today:

And Sean sent a sighting report this afternoon:

Just saw a big coyote going down 36th. He/she turned and went down Raymond heading west. [map] Pretty cool. First coyote sighting for me in West Seattle.

We had two holdover reports from earlier in the week – Eve saw one Monday morning at 32nd and Holden (map), “headed south,” while Jeff saw one near 48th/Raymond (map) last Sunday afternoon, “seemed like a juvenile that was not sure where to go.”

What to do if/when you see one? Best thing: Try to scare it off. Other advice/info here; our five-plus years of coyote reports are archived here.

6 Comments

  1. A coyote crossed my path during the Monster Dash around the same spot that Kerry saw one – this was just after 9.

    Comment by Denise — 9:18 pm October 26, 2013 #

  2. Last Wed. morning(10/23) around 6:15am I spotted one who wore a tan coat just off the bike trail that runs along West Marginal Way, just north of the cement plant where the trail jogs behind the Alaska Marine Lines trailer parking lot.

    This is the 5th coyote I’ve seen along the trail (always on the east side, away from the road) in my 7 years of using this trail daily.

    Comment by sbre — 11:21 pm October 26, 2013 #

  3. The third photo of the coyote looks like it has mange and is in bad shape, poor thing!

    Comment by Sillygoose — 11:26 pm October 26, 2013 #

  4. A beautiful creature that God has made for us to enjoy. Let them be.

    Comment by alki forever — 11:08 am October 27, 2013 #

  5. Don’t be surprised that they’re so bold. They have lost most of their fear of humans due to irresponsible neighbors feeding them in order to see them, not scaring them off, etc. If you think these animals are “cool” and enjoy them, do them a favor and yell and scare them away. A bold coyote is bound to be a dead coyote after he gets bold enough to attack a dog on a leash, a child, etc. You do them no favors by treating them like zoo animals.

    Comment by Rebecca — 11:40 am October 27, 2013 #

  6. Same coyote trotted by our house in North Delridge at about 5:30pm today – he’s big!

    Comment by Cait — 10:25 pm October 27, 2013 #

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