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Wild canines causing trouble across town

Keep an eye out for coyotes; watch small pets


Last updated 1/22/2020 at 2:22pm

Photo courtesy of Becky Rudzinski

Coyotes raced through the snow on Harbour Pointe Gold Course Jan. 16. These nocturnal canines have been spotted around town for the last couple weeks.

Pointed ears, slender muzzle, drooping bushy tail...Is it a German Shepherd or a coyote?

The coyote is a medium-sized member of the canine family, which includes dogs, wolves, and foxes. These animals are nocturnal, meaning they sleep during the day and hunt at night. This is why people usually only hear coyotes howling at night.

"Seeing a coyote out during the day is not a cause for alarm," said Lynsey White, director of humane wildlife conflict resolution for the Humane Society of the United States.

An encounter with a coyote in the urban and suburban landscape is rare, although Mukilteo...

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