Three months ago, reporting on a researcher’s quest to find out what happened to all the coyotes, we noted we hadn’t received a sighting report in a long time. Today – that changed! The photos are from Ted, who saw the coyote near 37th/97th in north Arbor Heights, noting, “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen one around here.”

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26 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE WILDLIFE: Coyote sighting"

  • wscommuter October 20, 2021 (4:51 pm)

    Yea!!! Welcome back.  Can I persuade a few to return to Schmitz Park?  There are some raccoons and bunnies I’d like them to meet.

  • zephyr October 20, 2021 (5:15 pm)

    5:12 pm.  Finally!  Good news.  May the word get out that we have an abundance of rabbits.  ;)

  • Mj October 20, 2021 (5:53 pm)

    Rabbits be aware that the easy life is a changing. 

    Pet owners keep an eye on your pets, do not blame the coyote for your negligence.

  • Phil October 20, 2021 (6:08 pm)

    I saw two in the Fauntleroy Church parking lot a week ago.  they came out of the park.

    • 1994 October 20, 2021 (9:48 pm)

      Maybe they have taken to living in the park because Ted’s sighting near 37th/97th is  the southeast end of the park, at the top of the hill. Thanks Ted for sharing!!

  • Mike October 20, 2021 (6:08 pm)

    Bring them to the Duwamish Greenbelt.  Too many rabbits and squirrels.

  • datamuse October 20, 2021 (6:20 pm)

    After that last post I contacted the researcher and offered to help; I have training and experience as a wildlife tracker. I’ve found quite a bit of sign in the West Duwamish Greenbelt! So they’re around, though maybe in fewer numbers than in the past.

  • Patrick October 20, 2021 (6:42 pm)

    Outstanding news!

  • Jennifer M October 20, 2021 (8:35 pm)


  • elarem October 20, 2021 (8:38 pm)

    Did the researcher get to the bottom of it? I assumed that, unfortunately, the USDA came in and culled them. 

  • K October 20, 2021 (10:27 pm)

    I started hearing them howling/yipping a few weeks ago, late, late at night near & south of Fauntleroy Park. Spooky, eerie sound, definitely not dogs.

  • J October 20, 2021 (11:00 pm)

    I’ve seen coyotes twice in Seattle, both in the last five or so years. One crossing Lake Washington Blvd at Gennesee Park summer 2020 (when the road was closed for covid) and the other on 106th in Arbor Heights (maybe five years ago). With all these rabbits, maybe they make a comeback? 

  • Vanessa October 21, 2021 (12:14 am)

    I love the neighborhood rabbits. No idea why they would be considered animal-a non grata

    • anonyme October 21, 2021 (6:54 am)

      Vanessa, I agree.  Why all the venom against bunnies, squirrels, and raccoons?   Why can’t humans just mind their own business and let other creatures just live? 

    • S.A. October 21, 2021 (8:39 am)

      I’m guessing you don’t grow a garden?  :)

      • Betsy Bertiaux October 27, 2021 (6:45 am)

        I have a garden AND bunnies. They ignored my greens, squash, tomatoes and beans. May have had an occasional strawberry but spent more time on dandelion heads. Coexist.

    • Morgan October 21, 2021 (10:56 am)

      They’re cute and all but I prefer a well balanced urban ecosystem with coyotes. Good for cycle of life.

  • Michael P. Kosloski October 21, 2021 (12:33 am)

    Witnessed one crossing Dexter in Westlake last week.Sucker took off before I could snap a pic.

  • Rob Em October 21, 2021 (6:35 am)

    I would like to share my sightings but it’s not in West Seattle but in the Lower Queen Anne area. One was last summer around 12:30 AM along Elliott and Gilman just before the Magnolia bridge at a parking lot and recently on Tuesday the 19th Lower Queen Anne at Mercer and 5th Ave around 9:30 PM. Last but way off our topic, I saw an Owl who got a hold on a rabbit along West Mercer Pl, the hill going down to Elliot Ave. It was along the side of the road. The Owl got startled when I stopped and stared at it and it was just enough for the rabbit to get loose and escape. 

  • Terremoto October 21, 2021 (8:01 am)

    New Neighbors, Welcome!  And please keep your cats inside!  You will start to see several “Missing” cat (or small dog) posters on poles in your neighborhood in the near future if you don’t.  Pls protect your pets.

    • WSB October 21, 2021 (10:57 am)

      While coyotes get the rap for possibly going after unattended pets, it’s also important to note that they help keep the rodent population down. Past research (as we reported in the days of common coyote sightings) showed more of that in their diet than, say, cats, plus plant foods like nuts/berries

      • Betsy Bertiaux October 27, 2021 (6:47 am)

        Thank you WSB for the rational response. I believe coyotes will also take the roadkill and cars will supply plenty.

  • Trileigh October 21, 2021 (9:07 am)

    Oh, how wonderful! Ted’s so lucky to have spotted one. The last one in my yard was maybe 5 years ago, and I miss seeing her/him.

  • Tyranthraxes October 21, 2021 (6:27 pm)

    Nice to see the coyotes are back, I agree that it’s better for the ecosystem. To all those cat owners that let the cats out to eat all the native birds and rodents. Please don’t!

  • Anne Stanton November 9, 2021 (1:41 pm)

    It looks like they might have caught my little adventure cat Libby. She went out at 4pm Friday from 34th and Othello. I am still hoping to find her, but ..

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