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What to do if you see the coyotes

January 12th, 2010 · 43 Comments

With the possibility that there are two coyotes living in the Magnolia area, Seattle Police are telling residents to call 911 if they see either of the animals.  Police have been in the area and are continuing to look for the coyote that attacked a small dog in Magnolia last night at 23rd Ave West and West Armour.  They are warning residents to keep animals indoors or on a leash. 


The photo above is of Tina the dog who was injured yesterday.  (Thanks to KING TV for the photos)


Officials now believe there may be two coyotes in the area because the video that was taken by KIRO and the many photographs that we have published over the last two months seem to show different animals.

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The picture above, taken near an apartment building on Thorndyke on Monday morning, seems to show a smaller coyote than the shot below from KIRO that was taken after the dog attack.

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Wildlife officials says there were no documented coyote attacks on humans in Washington until April, 2006.  That’s when Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers euthanized two coyotes in Bellevue after two young children were bitten while their parents were nearby. Coyotes had also scratched and snapped at two women and charged a man in the same area. Thy believe the unusually aggressive behavior likely resulted from being fed by people.  Click here for information on what to do if you come across a coyote.

The most important thing to do is not feed coyotes – not even unintentionally.  Don’t leave pet food out, secure garbage, compost piles, and gardens, and pick up fruit that falls from orchard trees and seed that spills from bird feeders.  Don’t leave small pets out, especially cats and especially at night.

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  • Anonymous

    Thank you for being one of the few places in the media where I've seen people told to keep their pets inside and don't feed wild animals. That woman whose dog was attacked let it run loose…you can't blame the coyote for doing what comes naturally when dinner runs up to its face! Keep your dogs on leash and don't let your cats roam the streets – they are domesticated animals and belong under your supervision. We are the ones who need to act responsibly, and not blame wild animals for trying to survive.

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    • chiizus

      I am with this. Though at this point, I do feel it would be in the best interest of the coyotes and the community for them to be humanely trapped and relocated. I only say this because it sounds like the coyotes are getting more and more bold around humans. I would like to see a solution found before someone gets hurt any more than what has already happened… be it a coyote or a child or another dog.

      • SeattleRio

        I agree with chiizus… As it appears the coyote(s) are becoming more comfortable around humans, it would be in everyone's best interest for the dogs to be humanely trapped and relocated. However, until a plan of action or some sort of solution is presented by DFW, the residents need to be proactive to minimize the risks when encountering these dogs.

        Again, please take a moment (and print this out for your neighbours) to review the following Washington State DFW guidelines on how to avert and handle conflicts with coyotes:

        Most importantly, encourage your neighbours to take up any food left 24/7 outside for their pets or the stray cats, secure garbage bins and pick up any types of food sources laying around on the ground – dead fruit, berries, toss-aways from those who chose not to dispose of their waste appropriately.

  • MagGal

    Canadian Singer Killed By Coyotes in Canadian Park – few months ago:

  • Herbisara

    Can anyone tell me what SPD plans to do if they find one of the coyotes? Will it be humanely trapped and safely relocated?

  • ltfd

    Well, at least someone, or something, is enforcing the leash rules.

  • kitty cat

    Are people authorized to use lethal force in attempting to seize/stop the animal?

    Just saying, if there is all this hullabaloo over the coyote and how dangerous it is then it should be open season.

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