West Seattle wildlife sighting: Coyote in Upper Alki

Thanks to the texter who shared that photo of a Saturday morning coyote sighting in Upper Alki. After a long time without sighting reports, we’ve had an uptick lately – including one featured in our second gallery of photos taken during the recent snow. We feature them not as warnings but as FYIs, opportunities to remind people that they live among us. This infosheet from state Fish and Wildlife includes helpful info such as how to scare them away if you see one (which is considered to be the best way to react, so they maintain their wariness and keep their distance).

18 Replies to "West Seattle wildlife sighting: Coyote in Upper Alki"

  • Mike February 24, 2019 (3:05 pm)

    What exactly is upper Alki?  I’ve never understood that.  Is it the hillside between Admiral and Alki Ave?

  • Jeff B. February 24, 2019 (3:07 pm)

    Great news! Hopefully the population is bouncing back.

    • DBCoop February 24, 2019 (8:12 pm)

      I don’t think coyotes were ever endangered except for in the inner city which is fine. 

      • Rick February 25, 2019 (9:20 am)

        back in Kansas you used to get 2 bucks an ear for ’em. I remember grandpa gettin’ pissed when he shot one with one ear, lost the other in a fight. 

        • wscommuter February 25, 2019 (11:17 am)

          Welcome back!!!  We had a nice regular population of them in Schmitz Park until a year or two ago – kept the raccoon population in check.  Once they left, the raccoons became more of a problem again.   To our returning neighbors, happy eating!

  • JayDee February 24, 2019 (4:41 pm)

    I think Upper Alki evolved as a marketing slogan. You used to see stickers with “AL” and in small script:”Upper Alki” on them which (since I  live on the hill) I think means lower Genesee Hill (west of 54th?).  I think it was supposed to seperate those on the “hill” from the rowdier renters on the flats. While I don’t endorse that separation it does make parking during summer events in Alki easier. And sometimes I hear the coyotes when I am going to work.

  • James Clark February 24, 2019 (4:50 pm)

    Looks well fed

  • West Seattle Hipster February 24, 2019 (5:39 pm)

    Beautiful animal

  • Gina February 24, 2019 (5:41 pm)

    Upper Alki stickers meant the rest of the world, away from Alki, but keeping the Alki vibe. Either you live on Alki, or you live somewhere else, hence “Upper Alki”.

    • Stan February 24, 2019 (11:42 pm)

      I thought that Upper Alki was a joke perpetuated by Alki Mail and Dispatch. When they moved from Alki they started calling their new location Upper Alki.  They sell the stickers…

  • BornOnAlki59 February 24, 2019 (6:06 pm)

    Road runner and Acme truck spotted on lower Alki. Film at 11.

  • waikikigirl February 24, 2019 (8:13 pm)

    Time to go to the front/back door and say “here kitty, kitty”!

  • MJ February 24, 2019 (10:34 pm)

    And if here kitty kitty does not bring kitty home run the can opener to get their attention!

    • Graciano February 25, 2019 (3:32 pm)

      @MJ, LOL you are so correct!!!! Here’s something funny… commercial on TV it was a Del Monte green bean one and it had the person opening the can, one of those tab pull cans “swoosh” and out of no where came one of our cats a running…thinking a can of cat food was being opened!!!    :>)

  • Allison Ames February 25, 2019 (3:09 am)

    I love coyotes. They are kind and always been treating as a threat but they are not! thanks for the picture ✌️

    • litterboxnorthofadmiral February 25, 2019 (4:59 pm)

      im sure they are fine creatures and bet you could raise them inside a home safely but these are feral and will attack all of our outside roving kittens! :””’O

  • MSW February 25, 2019 (8:12 pm)

    Too many coyotes and your pets will start disappearing. 

  • Jeff B. February 26, 2019 (3:30 pm)

    Pets won’t disappear if you keep them inside, unless you  let a coyote in your dwelling. 

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