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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, 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.

Thursday, July 02, 2015 - Coyote sighting - 11th LN and Tree Farm
My wife was out watering plants. She spotted a coyote transiting our neighbors backyard at 1417 11th LN at approximately 740am. After spying us for about two minutes, the coyote headed east into the wooded wetland area east of our properties.

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - Coyote sighting/howling - Anchorage Rd
Heard coyote howling this afternoon between noon and 2PM. Saw a coyote crossing a field toward Anchorage Rd while I was walking my 2 small dogs. Made it home without incident, but they are active in the area between Island and Bella Bella.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - Coyote Sighting - Manito Dr. - 1083 Manito Dr
Coyote walking the edge of my front yard and on Manito drive. 25-Jun-2015 08:45

Sunday, June 21, 2015 - Coyote Sighting - 7th & Fox Drive - 7th Ave and Fox at Old Ketner Rd
Young coyote crossing through property using the usual trail. Unusual time of day 2:30 pm.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - AGGRESSIVE Coyotes in yard - Bella Bella Dr.
Two coyotes were laying in empty lot next to house. One jumped over neighbors fence, where she has dog boarding business, and went toward her. She retreated into building and it tried to get into window. VERY AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - Coyote sighting - between Potlatch Drive and Paiute Trail
Approximatley 8am Coyote walked through our property and continued through woods and parallel to Paiute trail.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015 - Coyote Barking - 11th Ave & Ozette
At 03:15 Tuesday, June 9, I heard coyote barking that appeared to be coming from the area west of 11th Ave. opposite Ozette. The noise was not loud or excited, and did not continue for long.

Sunday, June 07, 2015 - Coyote Sighting - Pilchuck Dr - Pilchuck Dr near 12th lane
At 9:00 am a single coyote crossed in front of my car.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - Coyote Sighting - Manito Dr. - 1083 Manito Dr
Saw a coyote on my property at 1083 Manito Dr. approx 14:05.

Monday, May 25, 2015 - Coyote Sighting - 7th Ave and Fox Drive at Old Ketner Road
8:30 a.m. young coyote, small and thin stature, in front yard. This is the second sighting this week. Very skittish and cowering behavior exhibited. We have a young family of squirrels in yard which may be the reason for recent coyote activity.

Friday, April 24, 2015 - Coyote Sighting - 200 block of Island Blvd
One coyote sighted about noon in our pasture on the 200 block of Island Blvd.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - Chihuahua Killed by Coyote - 1130 Neah Dr
3/29/15 @ 7:00am on Neah Drive. Within minutes of letting our dogs out to potty, Coyotes came into our backyard and took Milo, our chihuahua. Our Malamute chased them, but it was too late. If anyone should find Milos remains, we would like to be notifed @ 253-208-2043. He is tan with white paws, and a white stripe from his head to his nose. He weighed 7 lbs.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - Coyote in Apple Orchard near house - between 6th Ave and 7th Ave
Sunday, March 29th, 2015, 5:30pm.
As I was leaving my driveway, I spotted one medium sized Coyote about 20 feet from our backyard patio, in the Apple Orchard directly behind our house. I honked the car horn and it ran off towards the direction of the Fox Island Store. I notified our immediate neighbors of the incident, as they have small dogs and one has a young child.

Monday, August 01, 2011 - 4 Cats Killed By Coyotes - 9th ave near fire station
In 2011, we lost all 3 of our cats and the stray cat I was feeding all in one night. I found my cats orange tail and paw in our field. Around the same time, our neighbors cat also disappeared along with numerous other neighborhood cats and even a small dog down the road. We were just down from the fire station. These coyotes are aggressive and seemed to be multiplying out of control.


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