Coyotes cause significant amounts of damage in Washington State. They are most noted for killing pets, such as dogs and cats, but are also well known for killing poultry and livestock. Coyotes also dig up irrigation lines, destroy crops and can pose a threat to human safety.
Coyotes are found throughout the United States, and Washington State is no different. We have coyotes on both sides of the Cascade Mountains and they are found in urban and metropolitan areas. Areas such as Bellevue, Seattle, and Davenport have large coyote populations.
The coyote is a small to medium size canine. It has a slender body, pointed ears and a bushy tail. The coyote is brownish and gray with a light cream to white colored belly.
In Western Washington coyotes are more reddish looking. A typical adult male weighs from 25 to 40 pounds and females weigh between 20 to 30 pounds. Urban and metropolitan coyotes weigh a little less.
In rural areas, coyotes feed on all sorts of wildlife such as deer,mice, rats, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, porcupines, feral cats, ducks, geese and grouse just to name a few.