It’s been a few years since we’ve heard and seen so many reports of coyotes in the neighborhood. They’re an incredible part of the city’s wildlife. But one spotted again Wednesday morning in Volunteer Park appears to be sick — and agressive. Here’s a note we just received from Seattle Parks about a sighting by gardener Nancy Cifuentes and an effort to track the coyote down:
The animal has a sort of mange, don’t know the name, that kills coyotes. This one, apparently, has it in the quite late stages. I asked her how she could tell and she said their fur falls off in big clumps, they canter sort of sideways and they get very aggressive.
It was spotted in the park about 9 a.m. by both Nancy and one of the construction workers working on the playground. Nancy has called the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to come and up and see if they can catch it. Normally, we wouldn’t interfere with urban wildlife, but this guy appears to be quite ill and Nancy says there was a report that the coyote attacked a dog yesterday.
If you’ve seen a coyote in the area let us know in comments. Parks is looking for a little community assistance in tracking the ill coyote. We’ll update as we learn more.
We’ve also been alerted to a few coyote sightings in the central part of the city and around the Hill this fall via Twitter.
Recent Capitol Hill Coyote Reports
UPDATE 7:23 PM — A reader has sent in these photos of the coyote taken Sunday afternoon near 17th Ave E and E Garfield.