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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.

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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

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John Ohlson, Webmaster.

Recent Incidents, posted by Fox Island residents:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - Coyote Sighting - 764 6th Ave
8/12 at 8
7:50 am coyote traveling north across my front yard. Stopped by apple tree and got a fallen apple. Then doubled back to the south heading toward 537 Hyak.

Saturday, August 09, 2014 - Coyote Barking - 11th Ave. & Ozette
At 0415 this morning the distinctive bark of a single coyote was heard loudly and clearly indicating close proximity. No sighting was made. The sound lasted for approximately 1/2 hour.

Saturday, August 02, 2014 - Coyote sighting - 914 11th Avenue
My cat was outside up by the car on the car pad. I was by the kitchen window. I saw a coyote walking across the yard toward the car pad. He looked like he was stalking my cat. I went out on the porch and I sent my dog Sasha out to scare him away. I called the cat in. Fortunately the cat came in and is fine and the coyote ran away. This happened at about 11:15 a.m. this morning.

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - Coyote Sighting - Near Fox Island Cemetary
Juvenile coyote walked into our back yard, looked around and walked back into the forest.

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Just saw a Coyote standing in the middle of a... - 13th & Island Blvd.
Just saw a Coyote standing in the middle of a driveway down and around the corner from 13th. He was good sized and had a darker grey/black mottled coat. I whistled at him and he was gone.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 - Coyote Sighting - 11th Court - 11th Court
At 12:45 am on Wednesday, July 9th a single coyote was seen moving south on 11th Court and then turning east, passing between adjacent houses Nos. 1383 and 1367.

Monday, July 07, 2014 - Woke up by horrible cries from a dog and howling - Ozette Dr
Woke up by horrible cries from a dog and howling around Ozette. Assuming coyotes (heard multiple howls). Praying someone was closer to stop whatever happened. :(

Sunday, July 06, 2014 - Saw a coyote skulking around Paiute Trail - Paiute Trail
Saw a coyote skulking around Paiute Trail at 4:40 this afternoon.

Saturday, July 05, 2014 - Coyote sighting - 11th Ave and Potlatch Drive
coyote spotted in our backyard at 4:40 pm

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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