West Seattle Blog... » Coyotes http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:33:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle coyotes: Heads up for backyard chicken-keepers http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-coyotes-heads-up-for-backyard-chicken-keepers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-coyotes-heads-up-for-backyard-chicken-keepers/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 02:18:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297935 Check on your chickens, urban farmers. Both of today’s coyote reports mention backyard birds. Dan at 37th/Holden [map] says a coyote came into his yard today and got two of his four chickens, normally kept in a chain-link-surrounded enclosure, but let out to “free range” in the daytime, and it happened while he turned his attention away from a bit. We also heard from Janis, who says she saw a coyote at 2 pm at California/Southern [map]: “Was alerted by the chickens making noise.” Both of those locations are in Gatewood, as is a sighting on New Year’s Day that we still had in queue – Belinda saw one that day, going “down the sidewalk looking in yards in the 6500 block of 40th Ave SW.” [map]

P.S. Our usual “coexisting with coyotes” advice link includes, toward the bottom, advice on protecting poultry.

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West Seattle coyotes: 2 together, seen in Sunrise Heights http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-coyotes-2-together-seen-in-sunrise-heights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-coyotes-2-together-seen-in-sunrise-heights/#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2014 03:35:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296514

Today’s impromptu wildlife theme continues, this time away from the shore – We’ve received three reports of coyote sightings in Sunrise Heights around mid-afternoon. Jeremy shared the photos (taken from a distance – we cropped them), after seeing two “wandering down 27th near Othello” in the 2 pm hour.

Not long after that, Ellery saw two coyotes that “just strolled by in front of my house on 32nd Ave at Holden St.” That’s also where Sarah reported seeing them. (Here’s a map showing both aforementioned locations.)

If you haven’t seen coyote mentions here before … we’ve been publishing reader reports of sightings for more than seven years; here’s the archive. The more awareness, and the more that we all follow advice such as not leaving food out, the more likelihood of continuing to minimize closeup conflict. (The state Fish and Wildlife “Living with Wildlife” page that we usually recommend seems to be inaccessible right now, so here’s another page full of info/advice.)

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West Seattle wildlife: Recent coyote-sighting reports http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-wildlife-recent-coyote-sighting-reports/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-wildlife-recent-coyote-sighting-reports/#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 21:24:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=294380 One person who recently reported a coyote sighting phrased it more as a surprise that they are in West Seattle. So that’s why we mention them from time to time … in hopes fewer will be surprised. That report was from a man out with his 3-month old daughter who saw it in the 37th/Hudson vicinity. Other recent reports include an early-morning sighting as a coyote emerged from Lincoln Park; a coyote running down 40th SW in Gatewood, toward Othello; one jumping over a 6-foot fence in Arbor Heights to try to get a backyard chicken; two in Highland Park around HP Way and Othello; 6700 block of 42nd in Morgan Junction; and one near Fauntleroy and Dawson.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE ONE? As the experts advise – try to scare it away – shout, wave, throw rocks, and remove every source of food you can (that includes outdoor pet food as well as small pets themselves, although experts say they more often eat small wild animals such as rats). Want to see where else they’ve been reported in the six-plus years we’ve been publishing sightings? Click the word “coyotes” under the headline of this story, to reach the archive.

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West Seattle coyotes: Yes, they come out in the daytime http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-coyotes-yes-they-come-out-in-the-daytime/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-coyotes-yes-they-come-out-in-the-daytime/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:03:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291138 Here’s the latest proof of that:

That photo is from Scott, who says the coyote was “right in the front yard” at 39th and Graham, 8 am today. *Added – an 8:20 am photo from Jamie, same area*:

Another sighting this morning, via Twitter:


And Robyn saw one “run west up the sidewalk on Rose Street west of 35th” around 5 o’clock Tuesday evening.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE ONE? As the experts advise – do everything you can to scare it away. Yell, wave, throw rocks. That’s what experts urge, to encourage them to keep their distance. And remove every source of food you can (that includes outdoor pet food as well as small pets themselves, although experts say they more often eat small wild animals such as rats).

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West Seattle coyotes: Halloween sightings, and more http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-coyotes-halloween-sightings-and-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-coyotes-halloween-sightings-and-more/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:10:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290628 Two coyote reports this Halloween: Paul tweeted about one in Fauntleroy, at California/Director, and we got a text about a “skinny coyote” near California/98th in Arbor Heights. Other reports in the past week or so include another one in Arbor Heights last Sunday, in which a coyote was interrupted while killing a cat (39th/100th); Upper Morgan (38th/Morgan); Puget Ridge (18th/Myrtle). If you’re new or haven’t seen these reports before, over the past six years we have received reader-reported sightings just about everywhere in West Seattle. This information from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife explains what to do if you see one (short answer – scare it away). Our previous coyote reports are archived here.

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West Seattle coyotes: Who’s seeing them and where http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-coyotes-whos-seeing-them-and-where/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-coyotes-whos-seeing-them-and-where/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:28:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288793

(Added Thursday afternoon: Coyote seen by Rebecca on SW Barton)
Maybe it’s the change of seasons. The pace of coyote-sighting reports has picked up recently. We report them for awareness and education, not hysteria – here are the most-recent reports:

TWO HIGHLAND PARK SIGHTINGS: Moments ago, someone texted about a coyote spotted today at 18th and Cloverdale. That’s the second recent report we’ve had from Highland Park; Nicole reported one seen near 14th and Trenton “with a cat carcass.”

GATEWOOD SIGHTING #1: Janet says one “walked right by me as I was doing yard work” around 4:45 pm Tuesday near California/Webster. “Did not seem afraid of me. Appeared straggly and hungry.” It was headed east and she thinks it might have come up the stairs at 44th/Webster (not far from Solstice Park).

GATEWOOD SIGHTING #2: A few hours before that, to the northeast, Elizabeth encountered one while working, similar description: “I am a FedEx driver and just followed one down the street near 38th Ave SW & Myrtle. It was extremely mangy looking and emaciated, which could be of concern. Still a rather large one though. I saw it run up a tree filled driveway toward a house (in the 4100 block of) SW Orchard. Just a heads-up!”

NEAR CAMP LONG: TH spotted a coyote around 8 pm Sunday, about to cross 36th SW at Brandon: “Probably heading towards Camp Long. He looked healthy and while he was cautious he didn’t appear afraid. I figure he was 2′ at the shoulder.”

ARBOR HEIGHTS: Wendy reported her mother-in-law spotting two coyotes hanging out at a vacant lot near 39th/105th.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE ONE? Our recent texter in HP said she had called Fish and Wildlife, which advised they don’t routinely respond to sightings. That’s true and has long been so. They do have an excellent guide about coexisting with coyotes, with advice such as how to scare them away if you see them, so that they will be encouraged to keep their distance, for our sake and theirs. We link it from every coyote report we publish – so here it is again.

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West Seattle coyotes: Sightings in Arbor Heights, Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-coyotes-sightings-in-arbor-heights-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-coyotes-sightings-in-arbor-heights-highland-park/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 18:29:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287067 Two coyote sightings to share today, first ones we’ve received in a while. As we’ve done more than 150 times in the past six years, when we get them, we publish them, not as cause for panic, but in the spirit of information/education, since not everyone realizes that we share our city with them. Patricia:

Coyote sighting this morning in Arbor Heights… about 6:30 am as I was walking two spaniels north on 39th Ave SW, a coyote was spotted sitting at the edge of the yard of the demolished-for-new-construction home between SW 106th and SW 104th. Pretty big – taller than my larger dog, though not so heavy. He moved into the street and sat down, watching us. We got to within 50 feet… close enough for me so I stamped twice. He turned north then west on SW 104th. Pretty neat!

And a quick report from Cynthia on Friday evening:

Coyote spotted on Trenton and 14th Ave SW.

The reports we’ve received over the years (archived here, newest to oldest) also tend to debunk myths such as, they only come out at night, or, they only live near greenbelts. So, what to do if you see one? Most important advice: Scare it away. That and other advice from state wildlife authorities is here.

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West Seattle wildlife: Whale sighting; coyote report; raccoons… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-wildlife-whale-sighting-coyote-report-raccoons/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-wildlife-whale-sighting-coyote-report-raccoons/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:02:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281553 It’s a wild place we live in … three reader reports to share:

WHALE WATCHING: Heard about the humpbacks in the area this past week or so? Colleen saw one and shared the photo:

A little late since this was Saturday night…..While boating with friends from West Seattle to Bainbridge Saturday evening around 5:15, we spotted a whale … We were so excited, our pictures are not that good. … It was awesome and unbelievable to be so close (our friends turned off their Bayliner’s engine as we watched the whale).

COYOTE REPORT: From Paul in North Admiral:

Just thought I’d pass on news of a coyote sighting in front of my house (Monday) morning on 42nd Ave between Seattle and Atlantic Streets in North Admiral. 4:30 am, I was leaving to go fishing, and a neighbor was walking his dog. We all must have come upon the coyote at the same time, and it took off running. Healthy looking adult. I’ve seen one here before, but it’s been several years.

RACCOONS: From Sean in Gatewood:

Spotted this mom and four youngsters at 8:30 (Monday) morning in my backyard. Very cute, but I’d prefer they dig holes elsewhere.

The state has advice on dealing with raccoons and coyotes – the former, here; the latter, here. (And lots of other species too – see the sidebar on either of those pages for the links.)

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West Seattle coyotes: Late-night Gatewood sighting http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-coyotes-late-night-gatewood-sighting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-coyotes-late-night-gatewood-sighting/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:31:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279992 First coyote report in a while. It’s from Chris:

At 11:45 PM I saw a coyote in the middle of the California-Southern intersection [map]. I was 1/4 block away from it, on the east side of California at Elmgrove. I got a pretty good look at it. I was with my dog and it stopped and looked at us and turned around and went west on Southern towards Northrup. I crossed the street and looked down Southern and it turned around and looked at us again from mid block then continued west on Southern past Northrup. It looked like a healthy young one. I was glad it was wary of us.

Making sure we and coyotes stay wary of each other is a major recommendation of experts – here’s what else the state has to say.

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West Seattle wildlife: Eagles on a crane; coyote on Beach Drive http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-wildlife-eagles-on-a-crane-coyote-on-beach-drive/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-wildlife-eagles-on-a-crane-coyote-on-beach-drive/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:18:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277890 Two wildlife notes from the inbox tonight – Karen, who lives in The Junction, reports three eagles spent at least 10 minutes on the 4030 California construction crane, “perching, circling, landing again and again … much chirping and activity.” They looked like two adults and a juvenile, she says, perhaps flight lessons for the younger one. Eagle sightings in West Seattle certainly aren’t rare, but this is the first on-a-crane report we’ve received.

In the early evening, Phyllis and Jeff reported, “Coyote sighting – about 50-60 lbs and wandering through our yard in the 5000 block of Beach Drive. Looks like he/she has been searching for food, as our backyard was all dug up. Usually don’t see them during the daytime! Our kitties are inside!” (We have actually had more than a few daylight reports over the years. This info from state wildlife experts explains what to do if/when you see one, day or night.)

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West Seattle coyotes: Two sightings, three animals http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/west-seattle-coyotes-two-sightings-three-animals/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/west-seattle-coyotes-two-sightings-three-animals/#comments Sat, 17 May 2014 18:18:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=273715 From the WSB inbox, two coyote reports – first one sent this morning by Debbie:

Just saw a coyote heading east on 108th Street toward 35th [map] in Arbor Heights.

And this note from Russell is about a Wednesday morning double sighting:

Just wanted to warn our neighbors in Gatewood that my wife spotted two very healthy coyotes in the intersection of SW Monroe Street and 41st Avenue SW [map] at 3:45 am (Wednesday morning). After a few minutes they headed south on 41st.

Our standard footnote: We share coyote reports on occasion in the interest of being educational; believe it or not, we still hear from and about people who don’t realize coyotes live in the city, or think you’ll only see them next to greenbelts, or at night, or … It’s in the coyotes’ interests and ours that we keep a wary distance apart; this info from the state explains how (including this key advice: if you see one, try to scare it away).

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West Seattle coyotes: Yes, you might see one in the daytime http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/west-seattle-coyotes-yes-you-might-see-one-in-the-daytime/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/west-seattle-coyotes-yes-you-might-see-one-in-the-daytime/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:45:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=270437 Two coyote reports to share tonight – one sent this afternoon by an Arbor Heights resident who says her neighbors don’t believe they come out in the daytime. Check the WSB archive of coyote sightings, some with photos – they do! And/or, click ahead to read today’s report (and another one that had been in queue):

First, today’s report, from Karen:

Sunday, 2 pm – I just saw a young coyote in my backyard trying to lure my curious cat off my back deck. My home butts against the Fauntleroy Park greenbelt. I’m on 98th Ave SW between 37th & 39th in Arbor Heights.

I believe I lost my other cat back in February at around noon to a coyote. I have continuous debates with neighbors that claim coyotes only come out at night & yet I have only seen them during the day.

The coyote didn’t even run away when I came out. I have been in & out all day while she was out there & I felt she was safe since she stays on the elevated deck. She’s not. Obviously I’m at higher risk against the greenbelt but coyotes roam anywhere in this neighborhood.

And sorry to have delayed sharing this one, sent by Amy on April 4th:

I live on 37th & Juneau.

Around 7:45 pm Thursday night, I looked out into our back yard and a very large coyote, one of the largest I’ve seen in my time living in W.S, bounded through our backyard. Nice full coat. We have a lot of pets on our block and when I was heading to the gym shortly after that, saw a neighbor walking his dog and stopped to warn him. We both agreed it had been a couple of years since we’ve seen one in our area.

We share coyote reports in the interest of being educational, as we still hear from and about people who don’t realize coyotes live in the city. It’s in their interests and ours that we keep a wary distance apart, and this info from the state explains how (including why it’s important to try to scare them away if you see one).

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West Seattle coyotes: Two sightings this afternoon http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-coyotes-two-sightings-this-afternoon/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-coyotes-two-sightings-this-afternoon/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:02:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268471 No coyote reports in the WSB inbox for a long time, and then suddenly, within minutes of each other, two came in this afternoon, from two different neighborhoods (perhaps because it’s spring and almost pupping time). First, Beth reported: “I just passed a large coyote on 42nd and Barton” (map); then, from Jeff:

Saw a coyote on 44th Ave SW mid-block between SW Rose St & SW Southern St [map] at 12:30 PM today. Ducked into the greenbelt between 44th and 45th when it saw us. Third sighting here in the past 2-3 months. Appears to be the same animal.

If you’re a new reader – WSB has long featured coyote sightings and information (archived here, newest-to-oldest) not out of alarmism, but as education. While they more often eat rodents, they do sometimes eat small pets left alone outside, and bereaved pet owners subsequently say they had no idea that could happen. Without food sources – including dog/cat food put outside – and with “hazing” if you encounter one, they can be encouraged to keep their distance, as advised/explained by the state.

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West Seattle coyotes: Federal agent’s alert for dog owners http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-coyotes-federal-agents-alert-for-dog-owners/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-coyotes-federal-agents-alert-for-dog-owners/#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 04:18:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=260636

(October 2012 reader photo, by Katina, taken in an Admiral neighborhood)
An unexpected phone call this New Year’s Eve: Aaron the federal wildlife agent called to ask us to share another reminder about keeping your dog(s) safe from coyotes. “We are seeing an increase in coyote calls concerning predation on small dogs at night in West Seattle,” he said. “It’s easily prevented by going out with the small dogs at night as they are let out to relieve themselves. It sounds like simple advice, because it is, and can really help keep your small dogs safe. Removing this attraction can help keep coyotes focused on more natural food sources.”

This is the same advice Aaron offered in another phone call last July, which followed his appearance before the Highland Park Action Committee two months earlier. As we wrote then, he says that even dogs staying in their own yards might be “coaxed” by coyotes to come to the edge of the yard, where the larger canines can grab them. As for cats? As with dogs, if they’re outside and unaccompanied, they’re at risk.

He told us tonight he wants to get this advice out again “to (help) keep coyotes wild in our part of the city.” And they’re out there – if you haven’t seen our coverage before, five years of sightings are archived here). Sightings we’ve heard about this month include:

*Early morning, near Fauntleroy Church/YMCA

*Late morning, 9700 block 30th SW, “jumped our back fence and headed east towards 28th and Safeway”

*Early evening, California Lane (North Admiral)

*Early afternoon, crossing Fauntleroy Way at SW Rose Street: “Moving up from the park into the neighborhood”

What if you come face to face with one? Best advice: Scare it away. That too will help keep them wild, which is what’s best for them, us, and our pets, experts stress, over and over again. More advice here.

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West Seattle coyotes: Backyard sighting caught on camera http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-coyotes-backyard-sighting-caught-on-camera/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-coyotes-backyard-sighting-caught-on-camera/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:06:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=256903

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Joe shared that photo a short time ago after spotting the coyote in a backyard in the 3900 block of 55th SW (map). “This one looks like a big one,” he observed. As always, a reminder – best thing to do if you see a coyote relatively close-up is to scare it away, yelling, waving your arms, throwing things. And as a state wildlife biologist told a recent meeting at West Seattle’s Camp Long, an even-more-important action to take to make sure people, pets, and coyotes stay apart is to reduce food sources – including pet food, bird feeders, unsecured trash. Here’s the official state info-sheet with more on all of the above advice, and then some.

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