There’s been a real uptick in coyote sightings here in Seattle this summer. We’d heard so many reports, from different neighbors, that Science Girl decided to put together a website to keep track of them. Thus was born NW Coyote Tracker. It was almost immediately linked by a couple of neighborhood blogs, which in turn lead to Science Girl being interviewed for local TV news. (Seattle peoples, check out the 11 o’clock report on KOMO tonight. They said that unless there’s a big fire, they’re sure to run her spot.)
Personally, I’ve seen two coyotes myself. The first one was a couple of years ago, but just last night, as I was driving home from work, I saw a juvenile running alongside the road in a large park near where we live. We are just over the hill from downtown, so it’s something of a surprise to see coyotes here. The ones I grew up around were really shy and would flee at the first sight of humans. These guys are much more bold; there was one report of a pair running past a couple walking down the sidewalk on Capitol Hill.
What’s the urban wildlife situation where you live? As the ‘burbs encroach on habitat, are you seeing more wild visitors in your neighborhood?