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The purpose of this page is for Island residents to share information about coyote sightings, lost pets suspected to be coyote related, and other information that will be used to monitor the coyote over-population problem on Fox Island.  Post a Coyote Sighting or lost pet incident here

You may also choose to share information on the FoxIslandNews Facebook group page.

Recent sightings of Coyotes on Fox Island include these two above, photographed in 2014.

Coyote Report Map of Fox Island

If you have encountered other forms of dangerous wildlife such as bears, cougars, mountain lions, etc. please feel free to report that here too.

Regarding coyote control on Fox Island in 2011, the problem was not completely resolved, and the coyote problem has resurfaced again this year.

History of the Fox Island Coyote Problem
The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife states the following, regarding coyote feeding habits:

"Coyotes occasionally kill domestic dogs (and foxes) that they consider territorial intruders".

The coyotes here on Fox Island do not 'occasionally' kill domestic dogs, they 'frequently' attack and kill cats, dogs and other small pets. This imbalance in their feeding habits is triggered by the overpopulation of coyotes caused by the release of a pair of 'Easter Bunnies' near the Tree Farm off 11th Avenue in the mid 2000's, which in turn multiplied into over 100 bunnies a few years later.

This temporarily abundant food source attracted coyotes that were not previously living on the island, and in 2011 when the bunnies were all gone, the coyotes turned to cats, dogs and other house pets for food.

I have lived on the Island for over 25 years, and been a property owner for 35 years, and during those 35 years, coyotes have only been a problem for the last 4 years. This is not "Living in Harmony" with your wildlife, it is an imbalance in the natural order, caused by human manipulation of the coyote's food supply, and after 3 years, they are not 'going away' on their own.

The WDFW goes on to say:
"In suburban areas of southern California, trapping and euthanizing coyotes has been shown not only to remove the individual problem animal, but also to modify the behavior of the local coyote population. When humans remove a few coyotes, the local population may regain its fear of humans in areas where large numbers of humans are found. Itís neither necessary nor possible to eliminate the entire population of coyotes in a given area."

The News Tribune, KIRO TV and KOMO News reported that the City of Tacoma initiated a similar program in Northeast Tacoma in January 2014.

University Place has also reported coyote activity in their community in 2013.

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Recent Incidents, posted by Fox Island residents:

Thursday, December 04, 2014 - Coyote crossing road 2pm - 1000 block Kamus Dr
Large gray coyote crossed road in front of me. Did not seem afraid of me.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - Coyote in my yard- looking at my beagle - 108 Alki Drive
Coyote was in my yard sat there for a minute. I took a picture, appeared to be grey and tan. My beagle was barking through the fence. It finally ran off.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - Numerous coyote sightings - Pilchuck Drive
Frequent coyote sightings have now become daily sightings at all times of the day. Coyotes seem to move between our property and our neighbors properties (each are 4 acre parcels). Sightings began in August soon after I heard our cat taken off our back deck in the evening. They are often seen stalking our three dogs, which are safely behind a fence. However, this morning a coyote came after one of the dogs that was with me while I cleaned up the horse pasture.

Friday, October 31, 2014 - Coyote in our yard On 11th Lane - 11th Lane and Ozette
One Coyote came into our yard around noon. It ran the other way after it spotted me.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 - coyote sighting - 7th Ave and Fox Drive at Old Ketner Road
8:00 am coyote #2 in front yard, heading NW, parallel to 6th Ave, into overgrown pasture area. Spent more time in open yard area than usual. Normally stays closer to wooded perimeter. I think the neighbors on 6th need to be warned that coyotes are in the woods bordering their backyards.

Sunday, October 05, 2014 - coyote sighting - 7th Ave and Fox Drive at Old Ketner Road
1pm sighting of coyote crossing through front yard into lower woods, heading northwest toward 6th. Appears to be a different adult. Less mottled furcoat and no limp. It didnt loiter in yard, but sniffed in area where other coyote defecated previous day. Weve walked perimeter of lawn with our dog, encouraging her to mark the area. Fortunately, all cats were still in the house at time of sighting.

Saturday, October 04, 2014 - coyote sighting - 7th Ave and Fox Drive at Old Ketner Road
After inspecting the coyote scat that was deposited on our lawn, we discovered it consisted mostly of apples. Unfortunately, we have made a habit of providing our local deer herd with apples, so it appears we will need to discontinue feeding them as it is obvious the coyotes are feasting on the apples, as well. Meanwhile, well be keeping the cats in until we feel the coyotes have moved on to another source of food - hopefully vermin.

Saturday, October 04, 2014 - coyote sighting - 7th Ave and Fox Drive at Old Ketner Road
1:45 pm on Saturday, Oct 4. Adult coyote appeared on front lawn. Stayed in area for about 20 minutes basking in sun, staring at our house. It had a slight limp and scraggy fur. Defecated then went into woods when I ran after it. Headed west/southwest toward 6th Ave.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - Coyote Sighting - Beach of Issaquah Road
Coyote standing on my front yard and beach at 2:30 today. After I made noise to scare it, it ran south and up the hill towards the cemetery.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - coyote in yard - 977 kamus dr
one coyote standing outside chicken coop at 8:30am
yipping and howling 3 nights in a row around midnight

Monday, September 02, 2013 - Cat Killed by Coyotes - Manito Drive, Fox Island
White house cat killed by coyotes near 11th & Manito Dr.


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