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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.

If you have a coyote sighting to report, what the USDA is looking for, are coyotes who are exhibiting aggressive and un-fearful behavior (i.e. following or approaching people, attacking large pets while in the presence of humans, regularly killing livestock, not responding to a consistent form of physical harassment).  If the coyote you are posting about exhibits any of this type of behavior, please make a note of it in your report.


Recent sightings of Coyotes on Fox Island include these two above, photographed in 2014.

Coyote seen on Fox Island in 2016
Seen on North Shore Drive, May, 2016        -       Seen on Mowitsh Drive, July, 2016

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:

Thursday, July 07, 2016 - Coyote crossed road heading east. 5:44 am - 13th Av just north of Mowtich
A single coyote crossed 13th Av about 200 yards north of Mowtich at 5:44 am 7/7/16.

Monday, July 04, 2016 - Coyote sighting X 2 - Backyard of 1417 11th LN
Wife raised our kitchen blinds to observe two coyote sightings in our neighbors backyard. First one reddish in color. The second more tan. Between 0740 and 0800, heading west.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 2 Coyotes Spotted - Near and on the horse pasture on 14th
6/28/2016 Morning around 7:45. I saw the 2 coyotes in the horse pasture last week and this morning on the roadway just before - I was walking with my dog and when I saw the 2 together I turned around to head the other way and one started coming toward me trotting in the road but then a car came around the corner and it ran off into the trees on the south side of 14th. I have seen single sightings quite often but now twice the 2 together.

Sunday, December 13, 2015 - Coyote sighting - 1074 Paha View
Coyote spotted around 1:30 pm, Sunday, 12/13/2015, hunting in open field near home in Pilchuck View Estates and just above Papago Estates.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - Coyote Sighting - 1074 Paha View Drive (Pilchuck View Estates)
Single coyote was sighted crossing our driveway and adjacent vacant lot heading south into woods towards Papago Dr. Sighted at 7:10 am.

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - Coyote Sighting - 1165 14th Ave, Fox Island
Single coyote seen coming out of woods, nose to ground, then going back into woods. Happened at 4:15pm.

Friday, May 15, 2015 - Our solution to coyote sighting last year - 151 island blvd
Since no one came to our house to set a trap, we used a natural approach to deal with a very bold coyote. We ordered wolf urine on Amazon, and sprayed perimeter of property two different times. We have not seen coyotes on our property or heard them since. This is one reason wolves are so important in the Western states. They control the coyote population.

 

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