West Seattle coyotes: Camp Long event to explain how ‘we humans can learn to live with them’; plus, 2 sightings

November 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm | In Coyotes, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 4 Comments

Unless you’re a brand-new WSB reader, you likely know we have been sharing coyote reports and information here for more than five years (all archived here, newest to oldest). If you have questions – or are just curious to find out more about them – mark your calendar for an event next week at Camp Long Environmental Learning Center (not far from where Mark Wangerin photographed the one shown above, this time last year). Here’s the announcement:

Coyotes live in our neighborhoods and we humans can learn to live with them. Camp Long and the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife team up to give tips and insight into co-existing safely with these wild dogs. Learn how they live and how humans can avoid and resolve conflict with them.

Camp Long Lodge (5200 35th SW)
Wednesday, November 13th
7 PM to 8:30 PM
FREE

SIDE NOTE – RECENT SIGHTINGS: Before receiving this announcement, we had two sightings in queue for publication, so we’ll mention them here:

*This morning, Jason reported: “Saw a fairly large coyote last night, around 8 pm, at 50th ave and Dawson St in Seaview. He ran into an alley between Dawson and Hudson, and 50th and 51st.”

*From Melissa yesterday, “Just had a coyote head up the hill here on Othello, heading up to Riverview Park. And in the time it took me to type that, it just came back down the street. Couldn’t get a picture. It was moving pretty fast. I don’t think it’s full grown, since it isn’t as big as the last one I saw.”

4 Comments

  1. what a beautiful animal !

    Comment by JanS — 2:41 pm November 5, 2013 #

  2. We probably saw the same one Jason saw – a coyote heading west on Canada (1/2 block north of Brandon), towards 49th on Saturday afternoon. Canada is a dead-end that runs down a ravine towards Beach Drive – there’s a creek there and quite a bit of habitat for coyotes and raccoons to reside (or at least shelter). I honked my horn, and he turned around and headed back towards the ravine – didn’t want to see him get hit by a car, or preying on neighbors’ cats!

    Comment by B-Check — 10:08 pm November 5, 2013 #

  3. There is a great article in the October issue of Scientific American about coyotes colonizing cites 15-20 years ago. They learn traffic patterns,how stoplights work,etc. It states a recent study in Chicago that urban pups had a 5 times higher survival rates than their rural counterparts. These, and other forms of wildlife are returning and adjusting. It’s a short article but very informative.

    Comment by Rick — 9:24 am November 6, 2013 #

  4. Just saw a coyote on the 7700 block of 48th headed towards the back alley between 48 and 49th headed towards Lincoln Park

    Comment by kvk — 4:37 pm November 11, 2013 #

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