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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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John Ohlson, Webmaster.

Recent Incidents, posted by Fox Island residents:

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.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Cat - Male tabby missing since 2 pm 4/18/2015 - Fox Drive and 9th (885 Fox Drive)
My 6-year old male tabby cat went outside Saturday, April 18 at around 2 pm in the sunny afternoon in the vicinity of the old ferry dock landing (885 Fox Drive) and hasnt been seen since. If anyone has any information, please contact me.

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.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - Woke up with horrifying sound... - Paiute Trail
Woke up with horrifying sound instantly went outside looking for our cats! we couldn't find our female one so we walked up and down Paiute Trail for a good 20 min and on the way back up our drive we saw her by the deck! something was taken?? now our cat door will be lock during night time.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - Coyote Sighting Near Sandspit - West tip of the island near the Sandspit Park
3/11/15 3:00 pm
One coyote was walking north on the beach, towards Brick kiln road. West tip of the island near the Sandspit Park.

Monday, March 09, 2015 - Coyote Sighting Near Sandspit - North of FI Sandspit Park
March 9th 12pm single young coyote running north from park sand spit on beach.


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