PHOTOS: Collage of a Local Coyote Pup


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BTB Contributor Brett Fish sent us this great collage of a Coyote he spotted recently, obviously from a very close distance:

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“This coyote pup is a regular visitor doing the daily maintenance of keeping the place free of rodents,” Brett told us. “They also hunt down rabbits, loose cats and small dogs if they get hungry enough.”

Be wary of your pets, and heed this advice from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife if you encounter a Coyote:

Coyotes are curious but timid animals and will generally run away if challenged. However, remember that any wild animal will protect itself or its young. Never instigate a close encounter.

If a coyote ever approaches too closely, pick up small children immediately and act aggressively toward the animal. Wave your arms, throw stones, and shout at the coyote. If necessary, make yourself appear larger by standing up (if sitting) or stepping up onto a rock, stump, or stair. The idea is to convince the coyote that you are not prey, but a potential danger.

Where coyote encounters occur regularly, keep noisemaking and other scare devices nearby. A starter pistol can be effective; so can a vinegar-filled super soaker or a powerful spray of water from a hose. Where pyrotechnics are out of the question, construct a “clapper” (Fig. 5). A solid walking stick, pepper spray, or paintball gun are powerful deterrents at close range.

If a coyote continues to act in an aggressive or unusual way, call your local wildlife office or state patrol.

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10 Responses to “PHOTOS: Collage of a Local Coyote Pup”
  1. Danielle says:

    When were these taken? Someone hit a coyote going NB on 509 towards burien a couple nights ago.

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    • Brett says:

      These were photos were taken December 29th in just a few seconds, rapid fire with a small telephoto lens-the camera is always ready now~! I have drive way and yard alarms to alert me when anything moves outside. Lots of false alarms from birds, rabbits, squirrels. It’s a thrill to be sure when they come.

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  2. wheels says:

    Did the photographer lure this coyote and get him to hang around by using food as bait?

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    • Brett says:

      Ivy is especially home to rodents, coyotes main diet so we should be very pleased to see the “clean up crews” clearing out dangerous vermin. This family group seems to police Three Tree Point to Sea-Tac Airport moving to where ever the current food supply is. Two have been killed trying to cross SR509.

      Sea-Tac airport officials have said they had to sink the cyclone fences that surround the runways deep into the earth to prevent the coyotes from digging under them and getting on to the runways. I thought they were joking but just watch a coyote go after a mole sometime. They are incredible diggers and FAST.

      188th needs to “recruit” them just east of Des Moines Memorial Drive, the moles or gophers have taken over there. Like goats eating blackberries, coyotes perform a most valuable service to us. As mentioned above, they are incredibly skittish but like any big dog, they can be dangerous if they feel threatened or are protecting their young.

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  3. Lee Moyer says:

    Beautiful pictures. Thanks Brett

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  4. heidi says:

    beautiful pics and beautiful animal :)

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  5. Patti Gifford says:

    Nice picture, but why no info on where so that one could be cautious?

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    • Brett says:

      They seem to roam all over Burien, Sea-Tac, Normandy Park, Angle lake, Des Moines Beach Park trail, you name it-reports from every where. The Fish and Wildlife advice is good for any time. I feel safer encountering a single coyote than my neighbor’s Pit Bull! Coyotes are very skittish, Pit Bulls attack for little or no reason as in the news frequently.

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    • Marianne says:

      For the protection of the coyotes please do not tell us exact locations. Thank you for the beautiful photos!

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      • Brett says:

        They’re every where when you least expect them :) That’s the fun like seeing a bald eagle in a look out, a red tail fox, racoons diving into a storm drain, a porcupine, river otters, deer in the neighborhoods, no bears yet…

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