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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.

Post a Coyote Sighting or lost pet incident here

Thank you,
John Ohlson, Webmaster.
 

Recent Incidents, posted by Fox Island residents:

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - Coyote Sighting 1/19/15 - Shorewood Court, Fox Island
Neighbor reported seeing a coyote in her front yard, water side of Echo Bay off Shorewood Court

We are missing a small black female Schipperke name Sophie at this time...

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - Coyote Sighting - 7th Ave and Fox Drive at Old Ketner Road
Adult coyote remained in yard for additional 40 minutes, stalking a squirrel. Playfully tossed a pinecone and jumped about like a puppy. Tugged at my heart how beautiful these creatures are, but conflicted by emotions as a pet owner.

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - Coyote Sighting - 7th Ave and Fox Drive at Old Ketner Road
About 2pm, coyotes in front yard, patroling/hiding in shrubbery. Not traveling together, but catching scent of each other. Horses in corral in neighboring property, shortly after coyote sightings, became very active and agitated.

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - Coyote Sighting - 7th Ave and Fox Drive at Old Ketner Road
2 coyotes in front yard, patroling/hiding in shrubbery. Not traveling together, but catching scent of each other. Horses in corral in neighboring property, shortly after coyote sightings, became very active and agitated.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - Coyote Sighting - 7th Ave and Fox Drive at Old Ketner Road
9 a.m. sighting of scrawny coyote with white tipped tail, crossing property along edge of lawn and forested area, heading north to south. Frequent glances made in direction of our house, including a lengthy stop behind (hiding?) shrubbery intently watching house. Remained in area for at least 20 minutes.

Thursday, December 25, 2014 - Missing cat - 744 Fox Drive
Neutered male house cat disappeared between 8:30 am and noon. Cat was a homebody and Circumstances strongly suggest predation.

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.

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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