West Seattle coyotes: Two spotted near Forest Lawn

Thanks to Cormac for sharing the photo. His note mentioned only “Highland Park” but we have a followup inquiry out to ask if he can provide a slightly more specific location. 11:20 AM UPDATE: Cormac replied and identified the location as “near Forest Lawn Cemetery” [WSB sponsor] which is more like “east of High Point,” so we’ve changed the headline. He also says he saw at least three in all. (Think you know all about coyotes? Here’s the “Living with Wildlife” link we always offer – including information on what to do if you find yourself too-close-for-comfort to a coyote.)

21 Replies to "West Seattle coyotes: Two spotted near Forest Lawn"

  • WTF October 7, 2010 (11:05 am)

    Talked with some guy in Lincoln park who had seen two in Camp Long earlier this week. YIKES!

  • redpoppygirl October 7, 2010 (11:59 am)

    I live down below Forest Lawn Cemetery and there were two coyotes in my back gardens this morning. (8am) They leave a “deposit” almost daily on the garden path to assure me this is actually their territory. They are very brave and sometimes dig under the neighbors fence in broad daylight while I’m working in the garden. Be mindful of all your little creatures as these guys/gals are rather bold.

  • Bender October 7, 2010 (1:56 pm)

    “Everyone’s dying to get in there.” I think almost everyone has a relative that says that when they pass a cemetery.

  • R26 October 7, 2010 (3:17 pm)

    We are at 37th & Morgan and there is a very gutted raccoon in my neighbors parking strip. My guess is coyotes based on the bites and location.

  • Joan durtschi October 7, 2010 (3:26 pm)

    I walk my dog in forest lawn cemetery Three weeks ago I saw one near the entrance and this morning I saw one in the front area and he went over toward highpoint. I don’t feel comfortable walking there. My dog gets very nervous.

  • Kelly October 7, 2010 (4:18 pm)

    Thanks for sharing the pic. I saw a coyote just north of there (south of the golf course) on an early bike ride to work a few weeks ago. It was right on the edge of the road and it didn’t seem the least bit concerned by my presence, even with flashing lights. They sure are big and healthy. Beautiful.

  • SHMom October 7, 2010 (4:43 pm)

    There has been a lot of coyote activity at night here in sunrise heights (just south of the cemetery) along with a number of new missing cat fliers. I am keeping my pets indoors until they move along!

  • brokeasajoke October 7, 2010 (4:47 pm)

    You guys are too much. What are you afraid of? Coyotes will only eat your pets if you leave them outside in the yard to play after dark unattended. Is that the coyotes fault? More gross human negligence if you ask me. Let the creatures be.

  • waterworld October 7, 2010 (4:59 pm)

    I had no idea coyotes ride their bikes to work early in the morning. Fascinating!

  • Baba October 7, 2010 (5:19 pm)

    @waterworld, that’s how I got it too. LOL!

  • Rebecca October 7, 2010 (6:23 pm)

    I wrote the WSB editor about these two a month ago. I live in the north Admiral area and around midnight two coyotes were in my front yard circling my 2 year old cat. I work nights, and when I arrive home my cat fights to get outside. To the folks that want to blame irresponsible owners–be aware that cats will sometimes do what they want!

  • tap October 7, 2010 (6:34 pm)

    Broke, you probably haven’t encountered these particular ones. They have no fear and happily operate in the day.

  • Stori October 7, 2010 (6:38 pm)

    haha! Typical bike-riding coyote not paying attention to any flashing lights, think they own the road…LOL

  • Glenda October 7, 2010 (7:31 pm)

    Very sad to report my husband and I came home from work around 5:30pm tonight to find our next door neighbor’s beloved 14 year old cat, Mario, dead on the parking strip in front of her home. He was obviously attacked by a carnivore during the day and we are thinking it might be one of the coyotes spotted nearby at 37th & Juneau – we live on 37th & Morgan. Watch your pets! We’ll be keeping our dog on a short lead.

  • Wild One October 7, 2010 (8:07 pm)

    Coyotes are beautiful awesome creatures.. Too bad that these particular ones seem to be losing their fear of humans. They won’t last long.
    Please don’t feed them!
    Sorry to hear about your neighbors cat.

  • Glenn October 7, 2010 (9:55 pm)

    I saw two coyotes on Tuesday morning on 52nd and Charlestown. Pretty cool.

  • John October 8, 2010 (12:28 am)

    In case you did not know, cats and dogs are super-predators. They kill when they do not need sustenance, they kill for sport.

    Coyotes pretty much kill to eat.

    I love cats dearly, I love my cat, I never let it out doors as it is a domestic animal and has no business killing birds and mice…which it would love to do.

    I am personally quite happy that we have some coyotes running around close to home. I mean, my species has destroyed 98% of their habitat, we have killed them simply to use their skin for ornamentation, we have killed them for pleasure…

    they should be left alone and let them do what they will… if you have chickens, do what you need to protect your chickens…. I certainly am not going to complain if they kill a few members of a domesticated species we modified into a pleasure killing super-predator or an egg farm.

    Wild animals gotta eat… I know a lot of you will say… “let them go eat in the wild lands”… but the reality is… we have destroyed almost all of their wildlands… where else do they have to go?

  • wolfbain October 8, 2010 (9:45 am)

    a coyote will come into a yard and kill a pet anytime, not just at night. a coyote will kill a pet even if the pet is on a leash.

  • Chuck and Sally\'s Van Man October 8, 2010 (10:15 am)

    Good to hear they are taking out a few overly-bold raccoons in addition to stray and feral cats (songbird populations could use a break from our feline felons). Hope they are getting their share of possum, too. Nice doggie.

    • WSB October 8, 2010 (10:43 am)

      C & S – We have had to stop for road-crossing possums (band name! band name!) each of the past two nights in various West Seattle spots, so I’d imagine the coyotes have plenty to dine on in that regard … those were the first possums I’d seen in a while that hadn’t already achieved roadkill status … TR

  • alki_2008 October 9, 2010 (12:01 am)

    Ditto John!

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