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.
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.
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.