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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:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - Coyote sighting - 1165 14th Ave, Fox Island
Single coyote was sitting in a field, got up and trotted to the woods. A few minutes later it came back into the field, then used the driveway to go toward 14th Ave. There have been 3 additional sightings in same area the last few weeks per neighbors. Todays incident happened at 3:35pm

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - Coyote Sighting - 11th Ave and Pilchuck Drive area
Coyote was standing in my neighbors backyard, staring at my three dogs as they were barking at it. It only left my view when I walked outside to scare it away. This incident occurred at 9:30 am.

Monday, September 14, 2015 - Coyote Sighting Pend Orielle Dr - Pilchuck Drive Between 12th Lane and 11th Ave
Coyote heading north on the island, across the between close residential houses. Only saw one. It was heading toward Pend Orielle Dr. through the woods

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - Coyote sighting - 9th Avenue near old ferry dock
10 am, September 12th, a single coyote ran across my driveway heading from west to east.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - Coyote Sighting - Manito Dr. - 1083 Manito Drive FI
Coyote in front yard. Dog chased it off.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - Coyote Sighting - Island Blvd - 200 Block Island Blvd
Coyote sightings twice today in our fields. Neighbor saw small white animal in coyotes mouth. We have had reports of 4-6 sightings in the last several weeks.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - Coyote Sighting on Pilchuck Drive - Pilchuck Dr. (nearing 11th Avenue)
A coyote ran in front of my car as I was driving from my house on Pilchuck Drive towards 11th Avenue. It crossed the street into a vacant lot. This occurred at 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - Single Coyote Siting - 3rd Ave Fox Island
Saw single adult Coyote in field off of 3rd Ave about 4pm and then again about 8pm. Seems to be hanging out around there.

Sunday, August 09, 2015 - Coyote Sighting - 14th Ave - left direction on 14th Ave, 3rd driveway
We saw the first coyote about 3pm on Sunday, Aug. 9th in our driveway as we were leaving. It looked avg size. On returning about 8pm, another smaller coyote was beside our driveway which we thought might be a young one. Its quite possible that there were two visiting us yesterday.

Saturday, August 01, 2015 - Coyote sighting Anchorage Rd, Approaching Dogs 8/1 - 141 Anchorage Rd
Account from nieghbor. He let his 2 dogs out around 6:30 in the morning on Saturday, August 1st. Subsequently heard extremely excited barking. Went to look outside and saw a coyote approaching their 2 Springer Spaniels. Owner came outside which startled the coyote and it ran off into the wooded area next to their home.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - Coyote(s) howling - 744 Fox Drive
Woke up at 5:30 am to loud howling by a single coyote. The howls seemed to originate on or near the west side of my property (close to Fox Drive), then grew more distant as though moving south towards Island Blvd. Continued intermittently until about 8 am.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - Coyote on property threatening dogs - 151 Island Blvd
7:30 in the morning owner spotted very large gray coyote 50 feet from the back of the house facing off against owners dogs. Coyote was not afraid, did not run, just stood two feet from the dogs and never ran even when owner called the dogs to the house. This is the same coyote that jumped through the neighbors window weeks ago. We need this coyote trapped.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 - Coyote in Backyard Chasing Orange Cat - On 12th Ct
Coyote witnessed in back yard of neighbor chasing large orange cat. Neighbor banged on window and coyote scampered off into woods.


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