NW Coyote Tracker was created to be a place for Seattle and Washington neighbors to share information about coyote sightings. This is a place for people who are concerned about pet safety, and also for anyone interested in learning more about urban coyote behavior. This site is not about creating fear of coyotes, nor is it intended to be used to harrass them.
I started this page because so many of my neighbors were suddenly sharing information about what seemed to be a lot of new coyote sightings in my neighborhood near the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle. Coincidentally, there was a Seattle Times article about coyotes in the nearby Central District. I started to wonder about what patterns might emerge if you could view a map of all Seattle coyote encounters. I am not a wildlife expert, but am very curious about what is often unseen in the world of urban wildlife. I think coyotes in particular are not something people associate with the center of a city.
Currently, NW Coyote Tracker is displaying anecdotal information from my neighbors, and a few points found from news stories and random web comments. Please keep in mind that coyotes have a wide range, so each point does not necessarily represent a different coyote.
I hope to make the map much more representative of the actual pattern of human coyote interaction in the Seattle area. Please share this site with anyone you know who may be interested. If you send information, please include the date, time of day, behavior, and even photographs. I will also include any links to other websites that you know of that are not listed here. Any comments and suggestions are welcome!
Update July 23rd, 2007: Due to this site's coverage in recent news stories, there are a large number of emails waiting for a response. Thanks everyone! Please be patient for your addition to the website. Thanks to everyone for their interest in sharing information and learning more about how to live with urban wildlife. It's great to see how many people share an interest in the changing patterns of wildlife in the city.