City warns of recent increase in Coyote sightings in Normandy Park, offers tips


The City of Normandy Park is warning residents about increased sightings of Coyotes in the city recently.

“After last year’s influx of rodents, a larger than normal population of coyotes is local evidence,” the city said.

What can you do about them? Officials recommend that residents follow advice from the Washington Fish and Wildlife webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/coyotes.html#problems.

Some tips from the state include:

  • Don’t leave small children unattended where coyotes are frequently seen or heard. If there are coyote sightings in your area, prepare your children for a possible encounter. Explain the reasons why coyotes live there (habitat/food source/ species adaptability) and what they should do if one approaches them (don’t run, be as big, mean, and loud as possible). By shouting a set phrase such as “go away coyote” when they encounter one, children will inform nearby adults of the coyote’s presence as opposed to a general scream. Demonstrate and rehearse encounter behavior with the children.
  • Never feed coyotes. Coyotes that are fed by people often lose their fear of humans and develop a territorial attitude that may lead to aggressive behavior. Try to educate your friends and neighbors about the problems associated with feeding coyotes. If you belong to a homeowner’s association or neighborhood watch, bring up the subject during one of the meetings.
  • Don’t give coyotes access to garbage. Keep garbage can lids on tight by securing them with rope, chain, bungee cords, or weights. Better yet, buy quality garbage cans with clamps or other mechanisms that hold lids on. To prevent tipping, secure the side handles to metal or wooden stakes driven into the ground. Or keep your cans in tight-fitting bins, a shed, or a garage.
  • Prevent access to fruit and compost. Keep fruit trees fenced, or pick up fruit that falls to the ground. Keep compost piles within a fenced area or securely covered. Cover new compost material with soil or lime to prevent it from smelling. Never include animal matter in your compost; it attracts coyotes. If burying food scraps, cover them with at least 12 inches of soil, and don’t leave any garbage above ground in the area—including the stinky shovel.
  • Feed dogs and cats indoors. If you must feed your pets outside, do so in the morning or at midday, and pick up food, water bowls, leftovers, and spilled food well before dark every day.

If any neighborhood plans to meet about coyote management, then Police Chief Dan Yourkoski and City Manager Mark Hoppen will attend.

“While more drastic measures are sometimes possible, this website offers practical day-to-day techniques that households and neighborhoods can employ to reduce the nuisance presence of coyotes,” Hoppen said.


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