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Coyote still home for the holidays in Magnolia

December 24th, 2009 · 43 Comments

We know that we have shown you lots of coyote pictures recently but this one from reader Ginni is the best we have seen so far of the coyote who is calling Magnolia home.


It appears the coyote has no plans to visit out of town relatives this holiday season as we continue to receive daily sightings from readers.

Thanks to Ginni for the photo and Jeff and others for the latest info on the coyote.

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  • Jennifer

    At 9;45 am this morning, December 24th, the coyote walked out in front of my car on Thorndyke. He stolled out from behind the Chicken Roaster restaurant(west side of the street) and slowly paraded across Thorndyke having cars stop for him as he went toward the railroad tracks behind the Natural Gas offices on the east side of the street. This is in the 2800 block of Thorndyke. He certainbly has no fear of daylight or moving cars.

  • rockgal

    We saw the coyote in almost the same spot (on Thorndyke, near the roaster) about a week ago, around 8:15 p.m. We saw him crossing in the opposite direction, going towards the residential area from the railroad tracks.

  • SeattleRio

    Nature's beauty beast… to be respected and wise to the instinctual dangers to small pet animals as well.

  • John

    Enough with the coyote pictures! B-O-R-I-N-G!!!!!! There must be some actual news or human interest story that merits mention or discussion. I am sure I can get some photos of some crows and sparrows–interested?

    • stuff

      Try again.

  • emma kaye

    What is it? Why is a coyote so acceptable and a cougar so scary? Don't you think they go after the same foodstuffs, whether it's food for pets left on the back porch or some small creature – wild or tame (your small pet).

    • stuff

      Because, unless their in a pack and starving, the chances of a single coyote attacking a human are rather slim. Cougars are a different story.

    • captlar

      You Silly person. A Cougar is the only animal in the US that considers humans a food source. And can take an adult man down. Watching a coyote in an urban/suburban environment is is a natural thing for it's species. A cougar would have to be displaced from it's normal habitat and would be considered extremely dangerous due to fear/hunger/confusion. I hope they do not shoot this Great looking Coyote. His fur and apperance are good. Happy New Year!

  • Name

    Now it can go to Ballard High School

  • audreyl

    I love the coyote pictures. Can't have too many of this beautiful wild neighbor.

  • Name

    nice pic

  • jensamnick

    I just saw a coyote on the corner of 24th Ave and Thurman, one block up from the intersection with Gilman. 6:30pm Wed 12/30

  • Robert

    We saw him in the drive at Lockhaven Marinina about two weeks ago- thought at first that he was a wolf- he/she is good sized and healthy looking. I think that the coyote had come down for a duck dinner- lots of quacking from Salmon Bay for awhile.

  • markymarky

    After reading the article in the Times I can't resist, I live across the Sound on Bainbridge and the missing cats signs are pretty much at every corner in my neighborhood. I miss my good old black cat and if I have a chance Wiley will be under the wheels.

  • PleasantValleyMom

    I was walking our puppy yesterday morning and saw him on the corner of 35th and Ruffner. We stopped, he came towards us. Having a puppy with me, we turned and walked the opposite direction. I turned to look over my shoulder and the coyote was following us. I feared he was looking at our beloved pup as breakfast. We ducked onto someone's porch and waited until he wandered away, which took a good 20 minutes. He seemed a bit too confident around this human, which made me uneasy as he was not apprehensive or unsure in the least. When I arrived home, I called the police – they didn't care and said it wasn't their issue. I then called Seattle Animal Control and was told it was no big deal as there are sightings all the time. Okay! I guess something bad will have to happen to get someone's attention. It's a shame really.

  • SeattleRio

    The coyote is not considered a threat to humans (unless provoked) which is why neither SPD or Animal Control will respond. Even though they are predators, they are also opportunistic eaters. Meaning it's the pet owner's responsibility to keep their small pets inside as well as take up all outside food sources. Therefore if you are out walking with your dog and are approached by the coyote, just make a lot of noise and it will move on – just be certain to not corner it to avoid provocation.

    We have a lot of mountain beavers in Magnolia and this is likely one of the reasons why the coyote is sticking around. When the food source is depleted the coyote will look elsewhere for food.

    Additionally, diet studies in urban regions reveal that the coyotes principle diet in the PNW is composed of small rodents, insects, and fruits and berries of wild plants and even dead carrion and unlike what people believe, rarely garbage and cats. Analyzed scats of coyotes in urban regions indicated that cat was the least eaten food item in their diet and rodents were highest.

    Myths, truths and facts about coyotes and cats as well as other info:

    You can also do an online search on “coyote diet in urban areas” and it will pull up a significant listing of studies conducted.

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