West Seattle coyotes: Another midday stroll, this time on video

ORIGINAL REPORT, 1:07 PM: That’s video just tweeted by Dave from SW Spokane Street, another midday sighting. We’ve published several reports recently (archived with seven-plus years of coyote news on WSB), but video is relatively rare, even in this time of ubiquitous video capability. Our customary link: What you should know about coyotes, including how to increase the chances we and they can keep a healthy distance from each other. And if you want it a bit more bluntly – here’s our 2013 story on what a federal wildlife agent wants you to know.

P.S. Coyote reports often inspire us to check around online to see what’s happening in other cities. We just found this notable report from Los Angeles, where a federal researcher – described, however, as “unfunded” – has been using GPS collars to track urban coyotes.

ADDED 9:45 PM: Another clip – this time from Ted Johnson, recorded at a bluffside home in west Admiral at sunset:

15 Replies to "West Seattle coyotes: Another midday stroll, this time on video"

  • Al December 31, 2015 (1:36 pm)

    I saw them about 11am on 42nd ave s.w. going towards WS high school

  • Meagan December 31, 2015 (1:46 pm)

    Just saw one go down Bruce Street in Seaview. Cut through neighbors yard to Dawson, heading north. (This is near 49th.)

  • orangebell December 31, 2015 (4:30 pm)

    came across a coyote hunting my neighbors cat @ 45th Sw Rose st. I was able to scare him off, but beware they are all around, especially this time of year.

  • Westside45 December 31, 2015 (4:36 pm)

    Looking for a mid-day cat snack. Better keep kitty inside.

  • Alki mom December 31, 2015 (5:44 pm)

    Mystery solved! He was clearly looking for packages to steal. Finally he wised up and ditched the retro human paperboy costume.

  • chemist December 31, 2015 (8:10 pm)

    That helps to explain the 5″ shred of flesh I found in my shrubs the other day in Seaview. White flesh, dark ~1″ long fur, and a smaller no-fur section with the scaled pattern that let me recognize it as the “rear” of an opossum. Yard waste.

  • Beto December 31, 2015 (9:38 pm)

    I hope they take care of the rat problem. There must be a silver lining when it comes to coyotes.

    • WSB December 31, 2015 (9:44 pm)

      Biologists say that’s the lion’s share, so to speak, of what they find if they analyze stomach contents of dead ones’ stomachs. There’s more in the “Living With Coyotes” link we always include, regarding what they eat.

  • Cbof January 1, 2016 (11:06 am)

    I just got this book for Christmas, just started it, but would already highly recommend: “The Urban Bestiary,” written by West Seattleite Lyanda Lynn Haupt. One of the first chapters is on coyotes, and she offers a very comfortable and informed (also compassionate) way to think about them and our changing roles in each other’s lives. If you’re looking for a good read. :-)

  • Enviromaven January 1, 2016 (2:57 pm)

    Love your attitude re: living with urban wildlife, Tracy. WSB continues to be the best news source in the area

  • lori January 1, 2016 (7:25 pm)

    Our neighbors 8 month old kitten was found dead, looks like a coyote killed her. We are in ocean view 35th and 112th sw …. Oh and 2 chickens are missing.

  • mrsMarty January 2, 2016 (5:32 am)

    Lori…I’m sorry for the loss of your neighbors kitten and those 2 chickens, it could had been raccoons and not the coyotes though.

    Our neighbors leave their cats outside at all hours of the day and night and it makes me so concerned for them and I’ve told them there are coyotes and they just say “oh they’ll be OK” :>(

  • Ketti January 2, 2016 (11:51 am)

    Just saw one on 40th and Hinds.

    • WSB January 2, 2016 (12:02 pm)

      I think we just got a photo of that one from a few blocks away.

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