Sunday, October 7, 2007
I live in the Capitol Hill area, near downtown Seattle. There has always been a presence of wild animals in the area, from feral cats to moles. A new species has popped up in the 'hood recently, however: coyotes.
I had heard about them for months, but finally caught my eye on one a week ago as it crossed a main street during rush hour traffic. It was the first time I had ever seen a coyote. Having been to New Mexico, California, Arizona and Texas, I never thought that the first time I'd see one of these wild beasts would be in my neighborhood, but life is strange sometimes.
There has been a rash of cats going missing, and on just the next street from mine a cat was found torn apart. Having three cats myself, I've made sure that they don't go out. Coyotes are wild animals and as soon as they see my cats they'll be thinking about dinner.
The coyotes have yet to attack humans, so there doesn't seem to be a strong effort to get them moved out or killed. I don't know how coyotes managed to get in Seattle. The whole thing is pretty bizarre.