West Seattle coyotes: Sightings in Arbor Heights, Highland Park

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.

9 Replies to "West Seattle coyotes: Sightings in Arbor Heights, Highland Park"

  • Tbone September 27, 2014 (1:50 pm)

    There’s a pretty good size one that’s been hanging around Seola Beach Drive as well, walking around mid-day, doesn’t appear to be particularly scared of humans…

  • Mike September 27, 2014 (2:02 pm)

    Cougar spotted prowling the Junction around 11pm last night, was eyeing early 20 year old males. Everyone stay vigilant… they attack when you’re not looking.

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  • Peggy September 27, 2014 (6:48 pm)

    Thurs evening about 10:30 large coyote at 44thsw and SW Cambridge. Casually sitting in yard scratching before moving on. Looked healthy.

  • sophista-tiki September 27, 2014 (7:45 pm)

    I was wondering about the coyotes. I was beginning to think thy were run off by all the rats this summer. We’ve caught 8 so far just in the back yard. Had one come in the house through the basement door, up the stairs and peek into the bedrooms. EEEEEEK! ( rats not coyotes)

  • Arbor Heights Loli September 27, 2014 (10:57 pm)

    I live against the Fauntleroy Park greenbelt. I’ve lost 2 cats to coyotes. I meant to send a not Sept. 1st that we saw a baby coyote in our driveway on 98th & 39th. They are confident, playful & cats don’t fear them because they don’t bark.

  • Robert F September 28, 2014 (7:05 pm)

    Apart from the coyote, sophista-tiki’s comment makes me wonder about the rats. My cats are depositing rats on my doorstep at the rate of 1 or 2 per week.

  • Hoo Boy September 29, 2014 (8:03 am)

    Tbone, I think that one was the one my yappy pom-chi chased Saturday morning at the corner of Ocean View Drive and 37th Ave SW.

  • Matt September 30, 2014 (2:15 pm)

    Fairly certain I heard a coyote take a pet from one of my neighbor’s back yards the other night… SW 97th next to Fauntleroy. It was too rainy and dark to see but I heard it go through a hedgerow, then heard a brief fight, then heard it come back through the hedgerow. It took far longer to get through on the way back and I assume it was dragging it’s prey.

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