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Magnolia coyote up close

November 22nd, 2009 · 65 Comments

Magnolia Voice reader Kristin found the coyote in her yard on Sunday morning in the 2800 block of 23rd Ave West. 

The Magnolia coyote appeared in our yard this morning about 10:30.  It is good sized, appears healthy and doesn’t appear to be the least bit skittish about humans in its immediate vicinity. It didn’t balk a bit about being within 10 feet of me or my husband, even as I moved toward it, camera in hand. In fact, the picture was taken without a telephoto lens.

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First it ate the cat food on our neighbor’s deck, then it chased a squirrel up a tree.  Another neighbor’s tethered dog (a big, Newfoundland mix, I believe) was barking incessantly at it, and the coyote appeared to want a piece of that dog (its fur was up, teeth bared as it patrolled the fence line, looking for an avenue to get at it.) Fortunately, the coyote didn’t find a break in the fence.

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The coyote hung out in our yard for about 15 minutes before heading south down the alley.

The coyote has been moving around the Magnolia area. We first reported it when it was seen earlier this month near 40th Ave West. and then near Pier 91

Thanks Kristine for the amazing pictures.

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  • ballardemican

    A full-sized Newfy would destroy that tiny little coyote. The coyote is smart enough to know that and was just posturing.

    sure it would kill your cat or small dog but let's not get carried away here — it's a 25lbs animal w/ a set of teeth, not a robotic super villian.

    • jerakin

      I hope it eats all the pest dogs that people think are so adorable. woof gobble mufled wimper.

  • Todd

    Coyote will stay around as long as we keep providing it with food such as cat food mentioned in this article.

  • ajboo

    We also saw the coyote on Patten Pl (between 23 and 24th) just before 10. A neighbors cat was in our yard at the time but the coyote ran off in the other direction when we drove out of the garage.

    Does anyone know if animal control is planning to try and remove the coyote from our neighborhood? I'm worried about the small children and pets in our neighborhood. I called King County animal control but got no response.

    • John

      Hopefully, animal control will just leave the coyote alone. They are and should be as much a part of the neighborhood as raccoons. Perhaps it and others would encourage residents to not allow their cats and dogs to roam.

      Perhaps this site could tone down coverage of this and other coyotes as it seems certain to raise unnecessary fears and eventual removal of this animal. Having a coyote in a neighborhood isn't newsworthy. Must be news out there to cover?

  • schuze

    “…was barking incessantly at it, and the coyote appeared to want a piece of that dog (its fur was up, teeth bared as it patrolled the fence line, looking for an avenue to get at it.) Fortunately, the coyote didn’t find a break in the fence.”

    C'mon, really? Indeed, let's not get carried away here, and tell your ignorant neighbor not to leave tasty viddles out for the critters…

  • Name

    Wow, he is beautiful! Most shots of coyotes I've seen have looked straggly ans malnourished. The more we cut down and build over the more we see wildlife venturing into the suburbs. It is a shame that they often end up getting killed, either by traffic, poison, or gunshot. One of many reasons our cat is a housecat, we have a fenced in yard and I let her out with me present. I hope the rangers are looking to transplant this coyote, he/she is as much a victim as any. And yes, coyotes rarely weigh over 40lbs.

  • Todd

    Lots of cat and dog food in Magnolia keeps the Coyotes looking good.

    The upside to having coyotes is that the wild rabbit, squirrel, rat, possum, and raccoon population may decrease.

  • cma319

    Coyotes really keep the vermin population down. There are probably hundreds in Seattle,thousands in other cities (even Chicago has 3000), and I've see biologists argue they've become a valuable part of the urban environment, since they control rat and mouse populations.

  • rich

    $#%@!@ you don't leave cat food outside.

    just ends up being raccoon / rat / coyote food – it's probably why they wandered out of discovery park.

    • SPG

      Bigtime rat food. Rats thrive on cat food and will even reproduce more when they have a consistent nutritious food source. You might think you're being nice and feeding that one stray cat, but you're really attracting and feeding a half dozen rats.

  • leafdrop

    I live next to Dr. Doolittle who thinks there doing good by feeding anything stray! Needless to say there are plenty a vermin in my neck of the woods. Its just a matter of time that Coyote will sniff this part of Magnolia out!!! SAVE THE COYOTE!!!!

  • pscottcummins

    If you love the coyote, pop them with a paint ball gun – they need to be afraid of humans! Meanwhile, cats and even medium (much less small) dogs should have bells on their collars to discourage dominance (and predation) by coyote…

  • lydiagrimes

    I saw one in the Emerson/Gilman intersection at 10:30 this morning December 14th 2009. I was trying to report it but I'm not sure who I should talk to.

  • lydiagrimes

    I saw one in the Emerson/Gilman intersection at 10:30 this morning December 14th 2009. I was trying to report it but I'm not sure who I should talk to.

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