Friday, June 29, 2018

Many Coyote Sightings In The Neighborhood

Coyotes have been seen all over the neighborhood. Just last night neighbors reported seeing coyotes.

One neighbor said:

Last night, June 28th, my son saw a coyote on 43rd street, near the park.  Wanted to remind families with small cats and dogs to be cautious.

Another neighbor said:

Last night a coyote was spotted east of the park on NE 43rd Street around 10pm.  

Other sightings have been on 41st Avenue NE, 48th Ave NE very early in the morning, 3000 block of East Laurelhurst Drive and the cul de sac at 43rd Avenue NE.

Neighbors also commented that coyotes don't usually go after people but they can go after dogs and small children. And the Department of Agriculture reports that the diet of urban coyotes primary diet includes small dogs, cats and rats. 

In March of last year, multiple sightings of coyotes were reported at the Union Bay Natural area.  

For quite some time, residents mostly living  and using the trails near the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) have regularly report coyote sightings, especially, during the spring of last year.

And in June of last year, a pack of coyotes was shot by the USDA APHIS wildlife services, supposedly initiated by a call from Talaris management who told a neighbor:

The Talaris team was informed that the Department of Agriculture received multiple inquiries from the surrounding community regarding the increasingly aggressive nature of the coyotes living in the area. Wildlife specialists visited the neighborhood on multiple occasions to assess the safety of residents, Talaris guests, and the coyotes
Jeanine Neskey, USDA:APHIS - Wildlife Services, commented at the time:
Wildlife services received a request to assist in the management of several coyotes near the Laurelhurst neighborhood in Seattle. The coyotes had become increasingly aggressive toward people and pets in the area. Operations were conducted for three nights and included the use of a call box, a device which mimics animal distress sounds and attracts coyotes. Three coyotes were lethally removed. One coyote ran into heavy brambles on an adjacent property making it difficult to retrieve the body, and was removed first thing the following morning. It is believed there are no remaining coyotes on the property at this time.
Here is the King5 story regarding the incident titled "Neighbors divided over 3 coyotes killed in Laurelhurst."

Here is a recent post from the Union Bay Watch Blog published by Larry Hubbell, long-time photographer and birder about coyotes at Union Bay.

Here is information the Laurelhurst Blog has posted about living with urban coyotes 

And here is a recent Seattle Times article about living with coyotes.

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