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Wiley Coyote visits SW Portland

My friend gave me a ride home last night at about 8:30- as we pulled into the driveway a coyote froze in the headlights, about 40 feet away in the adjacent "nature park"

Now I'm worried about my cat, who doesnt seem to understand why I wont let him out.
The coyote was bigger than any I've seen before, but didn't look like a dog.. he was tall and skinny with pointy ears- he basically remained frozen until we turned the lights off then ran off down the hill. I live in a wooded area between Hillsdale and Burlingame- I suppose theres enough of a "greenbelt" for wildlife to get here from forest park. I talked to the neighbor who has been here for many years and he says theres a couple coyotes living nearby, and his three cats are smart enough to avoid them...

So I guess I posted this to warn owners of small animals in close-in SW.

And I have a question for people with wildlife knowlege- If Smokey has been an indoor/outdoor cat for the last 2 and a half years, and he hasnt been eaten yet, do I need to worry? I've always tried to get him to come in at night, but lately it's dark when I leave and dark when I come home, He's also getting old and slow...

I suspect the coyote has plenty of mice and rats to eat around here, and gets his dessert from neighborhood trash cans...

Theres a lot of moles/gophers around here I dont care about the grass but one of them did some damage to my gardern- If I did something to get rid of the coyote(s) I fear we would be overrun by moles/gophers and rats.

Coyotes and Cats 16.Nov.2007 22:12

my opinion

Indeed, coyotes have always lived here. It's humans who are relative newcomers. The fact that you have never seen a coyote there before is actually more of a function of the coyote's having to hide from humans for its own safety than a change in animal population. I would ask you to please not get all hyped up about this (not to imply that you seem to be!), and please don't get your neighbors panicked. It could be very dangerous for the coyote, who is our neighbor and deserves our respect.

Regarding cats co-existing with coyotes, they do it all the time. Yes, the world is a dangerous place and there is always the possibility of the cat being hurt by a coyote, a neighbor's dog, a car, a human with a bb gun, rat poison, an owl, another cat... whatever. The first commenter's point, I think, is kind of a good one -- being that your cat is part of the weird urban ecology in which some things naturally prey on other things. It would be nice if the world could work a different way, but this is how it works. So I hope you will consider that and not allow some asshole fish and game fuck to come in and hurt the coyote in case it "might" hurt your cat.

And regarding cats eating birds, yes, they do. A lot of them. More than you might think. It's not cool, but I don't see it as a reason to imprison the cats inside if they don't want to be there either. As blah blah blah said, people kill a lot more birds than cats do, and no one is talking about keeping them indoors. (Of the cats that live with me, most don't bother the birds for some reason. Only one tries to catch birds, so she wears a bell.)

Anyway, thanks for caring about your cat, and hopefully you and the cat and the coyote can all live together in peace. What a gift to you, getting to see such a beautiful being.

coyotes, foxes and even an otter 17.Nov.2007 06:21

in exile

Wish I was home in Portland. Several years ago I was walking behind the Barbur Transit towards Jackson Middle school when I was a beautiful fox. We both just stopped and looked at eachother and then the fox (maybe it was a coyote) freaked and jumped off. Several years before in the cold of winter I was hiking through Tryon Creek park (at night) and heard coyotes yelping. One day I was walking (I love walks) over the bridge at George Roger's park in Lake Oswego and saw an otter looking for fish. Yep they be there still we just need to stop the development, suburbian sprawl and change our western consumer paradigm to an organic ecocentered paradigm (well that would be a start).

Similar experience 17.Nov.2007 09:17


I had a similar experience in December of last year and posted about it here:


I kept my cat in for a while, but he became so annoyed at staying inside that it was easier for me to let him go back out. (The cat's not doing too much damage to the local wildlife as he used to; he's 15 now and pretty much keeps to himself and sleeps on the front porch.)

The way I figured it, coyotes are pretty mobile creatures and just because you see one in a particular place does not mean they will pass that way again, much less camp out nearby. Then, I thought of all the other cats in the neighborhood and figured if the coyote WAS eating cats, chances were it would not be mine.


Cats are at some risk 17.Nov.2007 20:57

Anon Anon

Coyotes are known to frequent the Riverdale Dunthorpe "neighborhood" and cats there disappear with some regularity. Leaving cats out isn't risk-free.