West Seattle wildlife: New deer sighting

Last year, WSB readers tracked the deer eventually nicknamed “Westley” on his journey through West Seattle and to points south – he was first sighted on Pigeon Point in October, last reported in south King County about three weeks later. Today, a new West Seattle deer sighting:

The photos and report are from Amy:

Spotted about 15 minutes ago in our backyard. We live surrounded by the West Duwamish green belt, overlooking West Marginal Way. We’ve lived here over sixteen years, and this is the first time we’ve ever seen a deer!

We also got a call earlier this month about a deer sighting in Top Hat, but no photos and no other reports – until now.

10 Replies to "West Seattle wildlife: New deer sighting"

  • Marianne August 27, 2017 (8:13 pm)

    What a pretty one!  I know there is one that has been spotted in Wallingford.   I wonder if it made its way over here?

  • junct August 27, 2017 (8:59 pm)

    I wonder if there have been fewer coyotes? We used to always hear them at night but haven’t for the past year+.

    • WSB August 27, 2017 (9:06 pm)

      The bunny-population increase has led me to wonder the same thing.

      • junct August 27, 2017 (9:42 pm)

        Yes, we’ve noticed a few odd animal appearances and disappearances this year.

        We used to see just a few bunnies a year. Until recently, this year we’ve been seeing a few bunnies a week.

        It feels like we’ve seen more raccoons during the daytime, and have had had multiple raccoon fights at night in our yard for the first time this year. Could be coincidence.

        Also presumably very unrelated, but we used to always hear sea lions barking every night in the summer. We just heard them barking last week for the first time we can remember all year.

  • Amy August 28, 2017 (6:00 pm)

    I recently moved crom Ohio and there were sooo many dear in the suburbs. It was always a pleasure to see them, but they ate a lot of gardens 😂

    • WSB August 28, 2017 (6:09 pm)

      Welcome to our area! This is only a news story because here, they are rare. Vashon Island, just a ferry ride away, has many, but West Seattle and surroundings, not.

  • dawsonct August 28, 2017 (7:02 pm)

    In other parts of the country where lack of predators (human and otherwise) has led to an abundance of deer, they have another name for them: roadkill.

  • Alki res August 29, 2017 (7:39 am)

    Yes we used to see a ton of coyotes in Schmitz park but haven’t seen them for awhile.

  • Jack Sparra August 30, 2017 (11:50 am)

    Happy to have the deer, glad less coyotes. Way to go RoadRunner :-P

  • SAM OLSON September 12, 2017 (11:33 pm)

    Spotted a deer at Pathfinder school this evening around 8:30 pm. Maybe it was Westley? 

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