PHOTO: Coyote Spotted In Boy Scout’s Burien Backyard

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BTB Reader (and Boy Scout) Jared Daniel Sharp sent us the following photo on Wednesday morning (April 20th), showing a coyote traipsing through the backyard of his home, located near Highline Medical Center:

Jared says:

I just saw a Coyote in my back yard (we live right behind the hospital).

You can see to the left, the coyote is on the ramp.

– Jared Daniel Sharp
Lifeguard, Boy Scout, Student

If you’re wondering what to do, or how to react when you see a coyote around Burien, here are some tips, courtesy of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, which has a lot more detailed info on its website:

Potential dangers of coyotes:

  • Coyote diseases or parasites are rarely a risk to humans, but could be a risk to domestic dogs in Washington. Anyone handling a coyote should wear rubber gloves, and wash their hands well when finished.
  • Canine distemper, a disease that affects domestic dogs, is found in our coyote populations. Have your dogs vaccinated for canine distemper to prevent them from contracting the disease. (For more information on canine distemper, see “Public Health Concerns” in Raccoons.)
  • Canine parvovirus, or “parvo” is another disease that affects domestic dogs and is found in our coyote populations. Parvo vaccinations have helped to control the spread of this disease. Despite being vaccinated, some dogs—especially puppies and older domestic dogs—still contract and die from parvo. Parvo is usually spread to coyotes and domestic dogs by direct or indirect contact with infected droppings. Exposure to domestic dogs occurs where dogs assemble, such as parks, dog shows, kennels, pet shops, and where they have contact with coyotes. Contact your veterinarian for vaccination information if your dog is ill.
  • Mange occurs in coyote and red fox populations in Washington. Mange is caused by a parasitic mite that causes extreme irritation when it burrows into the outer layer of the animal’s skin. The mite causing mange is fairly species-specific, and thus it would be difficult for a human to contract mange from an infected wild animal.
  • If a person is bitten or scratched by a coyote, immediately scrub the wound with soap and water. Flush the wound liberally with tap water. In other parts of North America coyotes can carry rabies. Contact your physician and the local health department immediately. If your pet is bitten, follow the same cleansing procedure and contact your veterinarian.

Food and Feeding Habits:

  • Coyotes are opportunists, both as hunters and as scavengers. They eat any small animal they can capture, including mice, rats, gophers, mountain beavers, rabbits, and squirrels, also snakes, lizards, frogs, fish, birds, and carrion (animal carcasses). Grass, fruits, and berries are eaten during summer and fall.
  • Grasshoppers and other insects are important to juvenile coyotes learning the stalk-and pounce method of hunting.
  • Pairs of coyotes or family groups using the relay method pursue small deer and antelope. These mammals are important food in winter; fawns may be eaten in spring.
  • Coyotes eat wild species, but they are known to eat pet food, garbage, garden crops, livestock, poultry, and pets (mostly cats).
  • Coyotes occasionally kill domestic dogs (and foxes) that they consider territorial intruders. Coyotes are also very protective of their young and will attack dogs that get too close to their den and pups. Note: The list of killers of domestic cats and dogs includes other dogs and cats, vehicles, bears, cougars, bobcats, foxes, disease, and furious neighbors!
  • Most hunting activity takes place at night. Undisturbed and hungry coyotes will hunt during daylight hours, and may be seen following farm machinery, catching voles and other small prey.

What to do if you see one:

  • Scare it away by making noise (ie: banging pots and pans)
  • Don’t leave small children unattended where coyotes are frequently seen or heard
  • Never feed coyotes
  • Keep garbage cans secured and upright
  • Prevent access to fruit and compost
  • Feed dogs and cats indoors
  • Prevent the buildup of feeder foods under bird feeders
  • Keep dogs and cats indoors at night
  • Keep shrubs pruned so coyotes can’t hide in them
  • Build a coyote-proof fence
  • Keep poultry in secure pens
  • Remove or bury dead livestock

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20 Responses to “PHOTO: Coyote Spotted In Boy Scout’s Burien Backyard”
  1. Carly says:

    We have been seeing coyotes for a couple years now down off of the Des Moines Memorial Drive and 8th AVE S area.

  2. concernedcitizen says:

    And last but not least, shoot em.

    • Liljo says:

      Ok, strange subject change, but I seem to have a small family of raccoons in my attic…Any professional advice out there>?

      PS, a coyote got my cat a couple of years ago.
      They’re not new, maybe just a little bolder.

  3. napavine says:

    Remove or bury dead livestock. Witty comment to follow. Keep checking back.

  4. napavine says:

    Over the fence you hear the Bunyan’s , “I can’t believe Uncle Paul would come over and leave that dead Ox. Now look, we have coyotes.”

  5. Ian Gunsul says:

    I’ve seen them in the neighborhoods around 21st SW between SW 156th and SW 164th.
    Every spring the telephone poles are covered with flyers for missing cats and small dogs. Its not hard to figure out what happened.

  6. Cyndi Upthegrove says:

    Two coyotes caught and ate our neighbor’s cat (Lake Burien neighborhood) more than a year ago. There are a LOT of coyotes around here.

  7. concernedcitizen says:

    What`s amazing is well they look, most times when you see a coyote it`s fur is usually matted and they look like, well, unkempt, but these ones i keep seeing almost look groomed,, it`s strange.

  8. Liljo says:

    Ok, strange subject change, but I seem to have a small family of raccoons in my attic…Any professional advice out there>?

    PS, a coyote got my cat a couple of years ago.
    They’re not new, maybe just a little bolder.

    • napavine says:

      Stick a coyote into the attic. Not professional advice, but I think it would do the trick.

    • tripC says:

      Set a couple/ few bug bombs off (tape them in the on position) and throw them up there in their direction. Stand outside, see where they exit from and close up their access point after they have gone. If they do not leave, they might now be dead…. good luck. Make sure you read the directions about ventilation, and airing your home out before returning.

    • Tonya says:

      Billy the Exterminator.

    • Feraldog says:

      You best get them out, FAST. they`ll destroy your house. Not to mention the diseases they carry. Either poison them with tainted cat food or smoke them out. I would lean toward smoking them out first but before you do you need to leave them nowhere else to go but out ONE exit. Seal it off immediately after they exit. Or trap them. Good luck, you`re gonna need it. Myself. I`d shoot em..*lol*
      Or like napa said, stick a coyote up there,,I“m not sure a coyote would mess with a family of bandits though. They things are friggin nasty.

  9. Alicia says:

    We live over by Mathison Par and have seen two coyotes in the last few months. They like to hang out in the new trails. We contacted the animal control when it happened and of course got no response

  10. Elizabeth2 says:

    Please DO NOT poison them!
    If they eat the food and go outside and die, the poison in that carcass is a danger to the cats, dogs, and wildlife in the area. We spent over a thousand dollars treating our dog after she ingested rat poison, perhaps from something outside.
    It does not take much and it is a horrible to have to deal with.

  11. Liljo says:

    No plans to poison them.
    Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

    I’ll take any more that anyone has as well!

    • Kevin says:

      As Elizabeth2 says, definitely do not poison them. Worse than having live raccoons in your attic is having some dead ones, the bodies might be hard to find. NEVER use bug bombs for something like that either, especially “a few” of them. They are extremely toxic and people frequently end up in the hospital or even dead as a result of not following the directions. Just because 1 is good does not mean that 2 or 3 is better.

      For the raccoons, try this page: Removal suggetions are less than half way down the page, but the whole thing has good informaion

  12. Mojoe44 says:

    We have seen coyotes at 8th Ave S. and Glendale near the WA-509.
    Kind of near the golf courses there,
    they were buying something at the 7-11 …

  13. seahurst says:

    Largish coyote seen at 6 AM,11/7, on SW 150th and 151st between 24th SW and 27th SW. 40 to 50 pounds, bold. My dogs have pointed out coyote scat to me many times over the past few months in this area. This is the first time I’ve seen the coyote in a long time.

    Indoor-only cats live twice as long as outdoor-access cats.

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