FINALLY a coyote sighting at WSB HQ


For all the coyote sightings we’ve posted here, we’ve never seen one ourselves till five minutes ago – crossing California south of Thistle, heading toward the Thistle greenbelt/staircase. (Photos courtesy intrepid Patrick the Sales Guy, who grabbed the camera and headed outside while your editor here stood transfixed at the window.)


Reminder that the city provided tips on coexisting with coyotes and urban wildlife at a presentation earlier this year; WSB coverage here. (It’s breeding season, so sightings are likely to be more frequent; follow some of the advice in that report and your chances of an unwanted run-in will be reduced.)

21 Replies to "FINALLY a coyote sighting at WSB HQ"

  • hopey April 16, 2008 (9:43 am)

    Great shot!
    I was pretty sure I heard them — or rather, my dogs did — last night.

  • Indaknow April 16, 2008 (9:50 am)

    He(?) seems pretty comfortable doesn’t he?? Great catch Patrick.

  • katydid April 16, 2008 (9:57 am)

    Glad I finally this photo.

    I wonder if it is the same coyote who sat in our driveway on Sunday afternoon (Rose Street 2 blocks above Lincoln Park).

    My dog (mini schnauser sp?) was yapping like mad. A realtor hosting an open house came over to tell us that the coyote was in the driveway and to watch our dog. Checked with my downhill neighbor who had been out gardening; and she said it ran right across her lawn heading towards the park, I assume.

    Keep alert pet lovers – they’re definitely around and very bold.

  • Trick April 16, 2008 (10:29 am)

    That is a great shot Patrick!

  • k April 16, 2008 (10:33 am)

    best coyote shot of the year! he’s really something! nice job!

  • Wombat April 16, 2008 (10:48 am)

    I wonder what they taste like? :)

  • Aim April 16, 2008 (10:49 am)

    What a beautiful animal.

  • Paul April 16, 2008 (11:10 am)

    as a reminder, don’t leave your pets outside while you are at work, or leave the pet food outside. We know where this is going…..

  • Sage K April 16, 2008 (11:10 am)

    wiley’s all dotodotodo nice day for a stroll :)

  • J April 16, 2008 (12:12 pm)

    Probably headed to Arbor Heights to see the raccoons…

  • Sargon Bighorn April 16, 2008 (12:33 pm)

    Keep those cats inside, soon little coyote babies will need food! And yum those cats sure taste good to a coyote pup. Side note, get a picture of the foxes that roam along Longfellow creek, those bushy tails are a sight to see.

  • Rich April 16, 2008 (1:41 pm)

    Just saw a coyote about an hour ago, 12:30, running across 21st ave SW from the radio tower to the Cooper school greenbelt across the street. It managed to squeeze through a well used hole in the fence.

  • missaudreyhorne April 16, 2008 (1:48 pm)

    I know they are wild and not friendly, but what a cute animal! Beautiful shots!

  • BillR April 16, 2008 (2:08 pm)

    Hey! That’s my dog!

    Where’s his collar?

  • Holly April 16, 2008 (2:35 pm)

    I think we saw this one last night around 10PM running past our house on the 4000 block of SW Othello St.

  • WW April 16, 2008 (3:56 pm)

    Looks kinda dirty, doesn’t it? Hope it takes a bath soon! Can’t wait to see more pics, or better yet to see one in person!!!

  • JenV April 16, 2008 (4:47 pm)

    um, it looks ravaged with disease. wait until one of these “cute” coyotes bites a human instead of just taking off with the neighborhood kitties….won’t be so cute then…anyone know where to get a rabies shot around here?

  • grr April 16, 2008 (6:30 pm)

    it’s probably a hell of a lot healthier that the feral cats it eats.

  • Drury April 16, 2008 (7:35 pm)

    Loved the photos.

    They’re just trying to do what we do: stay alive in the midst of what is often a peculiar environment.

  • Bonnie & Bruce April 17, 2008 (1:18 pm)

    Adding to the coyote blog here – we encountered the same coyote (we think) late last night (about midnight) outside our house on Frontenac west of Fauntleroy. Bruce heard what sounded like an animal attacking another animal just the other side of the large hedge separating ours from the next house. When we investigated, we saw it loping down the street; looked like it was chasing a raccoon. When we began to approach, it actually turned around and growled at us – not afraid at all. We later drove our car down the street and found it sitting in a neighbor’s front yard eating a possum – probably what it caught next to our house. We drove along side it as it moved down the street back toward our house, and it showed absolutely no fear at all. It finally went down someone’s driveway and toward the greenbelt behind the houses. Very interesting – keep your little dogs and cats inside or they’ll be lunch.

  • john April 17, 2008 (8:05 pm)

    Mating season, sweeet! A big pothole to the first person to snap a photo of coyotes humping!

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