September 18, 2017 at 8:46 am #57939
Lock up your cats! Coyote prowling today at 43rd & Bagley. Has anyone else seen it/them?September 18, 2017 at 9:04 am #57940
Yeah, someone on a neighborhood Facebook group reported seeing it at 42nd & Bagley.
We found coyote scat in our driveway about a month ago, south of 40th & Bagley.November 15, 2018 at 8:23 am #60972
Saw a coyote at 43rd and Corliss this morning (11/15/18) at 7:30am.November 16, 2018 at 10:00 am #60989
Just saw the coyote near 47th & Midvale. Very healthy (good weight, thick lustrous full coat, not lame, bright eyes, etc.) running fast because crows were chasing and harassing it. Since this is very close to the zoo, I called them to see if they’re missing a coyote. They are not. But they were very grateful for the report, since this particular coyote has been seen in the area for a couple of months now. The zoo guy said to ask that folks call the zoo and report any sighting of this coyote, as the zoo has people who are “keeping an eye on this guy” by driving out to sighting areas and trying to spot him (they think it’s a male). Not sure to what end…new coyote exhibit at the zoo? Tasked by the Dept of Wildlife to determine if he’s a lone animal or has a family? Seeing if he’s tagged? Determining if he needs to be relocated? My theory is that he’s been happily dining on those handy rabbits at the Woodland Park Bunny Hills, keeping himself healthy this fall. So, here’s the take-away:
–If you spot the coyote, please call the Woodland Park Zoo at 206-548-2500, option “0”.
–Keep small pets indoors, escort them when outdoors, keep gates locked, keep garbage cans secured from being tipped over and rummaged through by this coyote, keep your eyes open! Exciting wildlife in the ‘hood!November 16, 2018 at 10:46 am #60990
We saw a coyote two weekends ago (Saturday, Nov. 3, I think) on the intersection of Wallingford Ave and Woodland Ave. We watched him/her running up and down the street for 10 minutes or so, including a trip up 20 steps or so to someone’s house, before disappearing toward Green Lake.November 16, 2018 at 11:06 am #60991
See my Comment above.
The zoo person said that this coyote has been seen in a 1-mile radius around the zoo for about 2 months now, mostly to the east and south (Wallingford). So I’d like to offer the official name for this male coyote of “Wally Coyote”, as a take-off on Wile E. Coyote of Roadrunner cartoon fame. You in?
Also, here’s a handy link to advice on “What to Do If You See a Coyote”. The website also has other info in the tabs at the top. It’s headquartered in New Hampshire, but the advice is sound for any urban or suburban area.
I’m retired, but used to work as an Animal Keeper at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, and I can tell you, this animal is in prime healthy condition. After some thought, I’ve refined my theory on why the Woodland Park Zoo in involved. I surmise that they’ve been asked by Seattle Animal Control and by Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife to handle this coyote situation. The zoo is close to the sighting areas, has animal expertise, and has the resources to handle public phone calls specific to this animal in the urban environment. I further theorize that the zoo sends a team out to confirm sightings in order to specifically determine if this is multiple sightings of just one animal, or if these are single sightings of multiple animals. If the latter, then winter will put pressure on the coyote pack’s food sources, and we can expect an increase in sightings, encounters, and conflict with people (trash cans, small pets, etc.) But the zoo person explained that “we’re pretty sure” it’s just the one lone coyote. So…give the zoo a call if you see Wally Coyote on your street:
206-548-2500, option “0”.November 16, 2018 at 11:58 am #60995
He ran by our house this morning at 9 am, being chased by crows. 43rd & Bagley. He’s big! But so far, no cats missing from the neighborhood.November 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm #60996
Thanks Seattlekit for all your Wally Coyote advice. I will call the zoo although our sighting was two weeks ago.November 19, 2018 at 4:08 pm #61019
I encountered this coyote this morning (Monday 11/19) at 8am. He (she?) was trotting northward up the middle of Bagley Ave just south of 45th. I was on the sidewalk. We spotted each other at the same time, and he briefly hid behind a parked car before darting into and across the Bagley-45th intersection, probably headed for Meridian Park.November 21, 2018 at 8:59 pm #61059
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