West Seattle Blog... » Coyotes http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:04:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle coyotes: Just spotted, in the street http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-coyotes-just-spotted-in-the-street/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-coyotes-just-spotted-in-the-street/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 06:15:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324589 Just in via text (206-293-6302, 24/7), our first coyote report of the fall:

Just spotted a large coyote in the street on SW Thistle, near the alley between 24th & 25th Ave. I slowed down thinking it was a stray dog, then watched it go into the walkways in between the apt buildings there. Just want to spread the word since it’s in a highly populated area.

As also noted in our exchange with the texter, that’s across the street from the stretch of Longfellow Creek that runs east of the Chief Sealth International High School/Denny International Middle School campus. But coyotes can turn up anywhere, whether a greenbelt is nearby or not – just browse our eight-plus-year archive of sighting reports for ample evidence of that. When you see one, do your best to scare it away – more for its good than yours – as explained here.

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West Seattle coyotes: Early-morning sighting near Schmitz Park http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-coyotes-early-morning-sighting-near-schmitz-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-coyotes-early-morning-sighting-near-schmitz-park/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:30:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=319615 Our latest sighting report is from Kristen, who saw one right about this time Monday:

I checked the blog and saw a posting from a few weeks ago that coyotes were heard in Schmitz Park. I heard them (Sunday) night as well. When I opened the door to go to the car at 5:30 am (Monday) morning, I saw one run down SW Forney Street and into the park. I walked my (large) dogs soon after and had no issues. I did want to report as there are neighbors in our area with small dogs and cats.

Remember – best thing to do if you see a coyote is to scare it away – it’s optimal for all involved if they remain wary of humans – as explained here.

SIDE NOTE: Seattle is of course not the only big city with coyotes. Looking around the Web for current coyote news from elsewhere, we found two stories of note – one about New York, one about L.A.

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West Seattle coyotes: Sunrise Heights sighting http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-coyotes-sunrise-heights-sighting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-coyotes-sunrise-heights-sighting/#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:50:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=317976

Our tipster in Sunrise Heights took this photo from a distance – which is good, as getting too close to a coyote isn’t good for them or you, not because of danger, but because you don’t want them to get acclimated to close human contact – so it’s a bit blurry, but they wanted you to know about the sighting earlier this afternoon, near 29th and Othello (map). To make sure you know what to do if you see a coyote, check out the coexistence advice from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Meantime, browse our coyote-report coverage over the years, newest to oldest, on these archive pages.

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West Seattle coyotes: Heard but not (yet) seen http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-coyotes-heard-but-not-yet-seen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-coyotes-heard-but-not-yet-seen/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 05:53:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=317435 Just out of the WSB inbox from Bob:

I just wanted to let you know the coyotes in Schmitz Park have very vocal the past two nights. We have not seen them yet but our dog has been on alert in the back yard. You might want to let the neighbors know to watch their cats and small pets.

We share coyote reports when we get them, not to be alarmist, but because not everyone realizes they live among us, and if you realize that they do, you have a better chance of taking measures to ensure we and they stay a healthy distance apart. This info from the state can help.

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West Seattle coyotes: Cat grabbed during the daytime http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-coyotes-cat-grabbed-during-the-daytime/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-coyotes-cat-grabbed-during-the-daytime/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 17:02:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311124 In our seven-plus years of reporting on West Seattle coyotes, we’ve heard people often mention they bring outdoor cats inside at night, in hopes of avoiding coyote encounters. This report from Jaime is a reminder that coyotes roam in the daytime too:

I thought I should report this to the blog, even if not sure of proper procedure.

My neighbor reported to me that just last week after hearing a commotion outside his porch, opened his front door to find a young coyote who had the family cat in his mouth. He immediately yelled and tried to scare the coyote away, which did cause the coyote to drop the cat. But the cat was badly injured and subsequently died.

This was in the middle of the daytime at 50th and Hudson. My neighbor believed that the coyote had entered from the alley into their fenced front yard and grabbed the cat, who was sunning himself on their porch.

Biologists who have analyzed coyotes’ diets say this is only a small part of what they eat – more commonly, they consume rats and mice, among other things you can see listed here – but nonetheless, it can be a risk if your pet is outside, unattended, so we publish this as a neighbor-to-neighbors alert. (A wildlife agent was blunt about it in this report we published two years ago.)

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West Seattle coyotes: Gatewood, Puget Ridge sightings http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-coyotes-gatewood-puget-ridge-sightings/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-coyotes-gatewood-puget-ridge-sightings/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:56:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307051

GATEWOOD REPORT #1: Mickey shared photos of coyote sightings this week in the Orchard Street Ravine (map) area, including the one above.

GATEWOOD REPORT #2: Not far from there, at 36th/Myrtle (map), Eugene reports: “3 pm today. Walking up Myrtle street in broad daylight. Maybe it’s not news anymore. But it looked like a chupacabra with fur so I thought I’d mention it.”

PUGET RIDGE: Forwarded from a neighborhood list, a sighting at midmorning today near 21st/Dawson (map).

REMINDER: The best thing you can do if/when you see a coyote is, scare it away – “hazing,” as wildlife advocates put it, explained here. (WSB coyote coverage is archived here.)

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West Seattle coyotes: They’re out in the spring-like sunshine, too http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-coyotes-theyre-out-in-the-spring-like-sunshine-too/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattle-coyotes-theyre-out-in-the-spring-like-sunshine-too/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 04:32:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301591

Three daytime coyote sightings have been reported in the past day and a half, starting with the one texted with that photo along SW Rose in Gatewood. Then this afternoon, in the span of half an hour, Vanessa e-mailed word of one in an alley between 36th and 37th and Findlay – “thin, scared-looking,” she said – followed by Christine‘s note, saying, “Just wanted to let you know that there have been two coyote sightings in our neighborhood (38th and Morgan) on Saturday, Feb. 14th and today, Monday, Feb. 16th. Both sightings occurred around 1:30 pm.” It’s mating season for coyotes, and experts say that tends to increase their daytime activity. Find out more about coyote behavior – and how to help ensure they and we keep our distance from each other – via this state Department of Fish and Wildlife webpage; if you don’t have time to read through it, short version – if one gets too close, scare it away. And don’t leave food out.

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West Seattle coyotes: 2 more Upper Morgan/Gatewood sightings http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-coyotes-2-more-upper-morgangatewood-sightings/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-coyotes-2-more-upper-morgangatewood-sightings/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:20:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299635

Don’t know if it’s the same coyote, but two people reported sightings in the same general area of Gatewood/Upper Morgan (map) this afternoon. The photo is from John, who e-mailed to say: “Just took this pic this afternoon on Willow, between 39th and 38th. I was walking my dog and this coyote ran out in front of us, crossing the street into the backyard in the alley.” We also got a phone call from someone who reported seeing a coyote on SW Frontenac between 39th and 40th, headed east, around 4 pm. Our most recent round of sighting reports was Gatewood-centric, too. Remember that as advised by wildlife experts, best thing to do if you see one is to try your hardest to scare it away.

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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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