On the Wallyhood Forums, Rob Cranfill says:
A buddy of mine, who’s an outdoorsy, level-headed kind of guy, said he just saw a coyote running down the street in Tangletown – around 7PM.
My wife & I and two of our neighbors saw two of them last night. One was running down the sidewalk on 57th and the other rounded the corner at 57th and Kensington.
And Penelope emailed to say she had seen them, as well.
Apparently, urban coyotes are not an uncommon occurrence. There are over 2,000 coyotes in the greater Chicago area, for example, and West Seattle and Ballard both have reported coyotes recently, as well.
They’re not dangerous to humans, but have been known to eat pets, so make sure they’re in at night (and don’t feed them outside).
On related note, there was an interesting article in the New York Times a couple weeks back on interbreeding between species: Should You Fear the Prizzly Bear? I had always thought, based on my high school science reading, that by definition, different species couldn’t interbreed and produce fertile off-spring.
Turns out, that’s just not the case. Despite the fact that “coyotes diverged from gray wolves one million to two million years ago, and dogs from wolves roughly 15,000 years ago,” they’ve begun interbreeding in response to the pressures from human expansion into their territories. In New England, “an unlikely predator has crept back into the woods…what some have called the coywolf. It is both old and new — roughly one-quarter wolf and two-thirds coyote, with the rest being dog.”
(Photo by g’pa bill).