West Seattle Blog... » Coyotes http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:30:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 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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West Seattle coyotes: Delridge photo; Camp Long event reminder http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-coyotes-delridge-photo-camp-long-event-reminder/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-coyotes-delridge-photo-camp-long-event-reminder/#comments Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:29:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=255815

Thanks to Angelique for sharing the photo of a coyote spotted in her neighbor’s yard near Delridge/Willow (map). Hard to tell from the photo, but from a video clip she also sent (see it here), it was seen in mid-meal, and the main course looked to Angelique like a raccoon.

The photo gives us another reason to remind you about Wednesday night’s event at Camp Long Environmental Learning Center – the first time in years that you have a chance to come learn (and ask) about coexisting with coyotes – safely for you and for them. Here’s the announcement again:

Living with Coyotes in Seattle

Coyotes live in our neighborhoods and we humans can learn to live with them. Camp Long and the WA 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
Wednesday, November 13th
7 PM to 8:30 PM
FREE

Camp Long’s entrance is at 5200 35th SW.

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West Seattle coyotes: Camp Long event to explain how ‘we humans can learn to live with them’; plus, 2 sightings http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-coyotes-camp-long-event-to-explain-how-we-humans-can-learn-to-live-with-them-plus-2-sightings/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-coyotes-camp-long-event-to-explain-how-we-humans-can-learn-to-live-with-them-plus-2-sightings/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:09:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=255123

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.”

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West Seattle coyotes: Sighting reports, including photos http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/west-seattle-coyotes-sighting-reports-including-photos/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/west-seattle-coyotes-sighting-reports-including-photos/#comments Sun, 27 Oct 2013 03:07:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=254016

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.

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West Seattle coyotes: Five reader-reported sightings http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/west-seattle-coyotes-five-reader-reported-sightings/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/west-seattle-coyotes-five-reader-reported-sightings/#comments Sun, 20 Oct 2013 18:46:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=253196 The most recent West Seattle coyote reports shared by WSB readers:

*From Greg this morning: “Saw a few coyotes today at Brandon and 29th along the Longfellow Creek entrance.” [map]

*From Christopher on Saturday afternoon: “Pretty sure I just saw a coyote in the alley between Fauntleroy and 39th and Graham and Morgan.” [map]

*From Karen on Friday: “2 coyotes seen on 98th & 39th Ave SW, 5:30 pm Friday Oct. 18th, just 2 blocks off the top of Fauntleroy Park.” [map]

*From Chris, also early Friday evening: “Just saw a lone coyote poking around in the alley behind our house at 30th and Webster. It headed off down Webster.” [map]

*And on Thursday, Rachael reported that her “neighbor just saw a coyote on 10th & Elmgrove in Highland Park.” [map]

To wrap up this roundup, something new: Ron, who reads WSB daily from his residence in Mexico, sends “coyote news from elsewhere” on occasion. This week, he e-mailed a link from TV’s “Dog Whisperer,” headlined Five Ways to Keep Your Dogs Safe From Coyotes.

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West Seattle coyotes: Four reader reports this weekend http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/west-seattle-coyotes-four-reader-reports-this-weekend/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/west-seattle-coyotes-four-reader-reports-this-weekend/#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2013 19:20:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=252680 Four sightings reported in the past (almost) 24 hours:

*Just called in this morning, “big male coyote at 50th and Graham.” [map]

And three in eastern West Seattle:

*Jonel e-mailed late last night: “Just saw a coyote running down the sidewalk on SW Webster between 16th and 14th. [map] He ran when he saw humans.”

*Jeff saw one “standing in our driveway” around 1 pm Saturday, “6000 block of 17th SW. [map] Ran away when our dog started barking.”

And Kellie reported that her son saw what might have bene the same one on Saturday afternoon while “walking on 17th from the path by Duwamish Housing, up the Graham stairs towards 16th and SSCC.” [map]

Scaring them away is best for them and you, so they are conditioned to keep a healthy distance from humans (and their pets), as advised by state wildlife authorities (if you’ve never followed that link we usually include with coyote reports, it’s got lots of other good advice too).

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