Several coyote sightings reported in Clark County
Coyotes are most common along Clark County’s greenways and natural areas, but they can also be found roaming around neighborhoods.
VANCOUVER, Washington – There have been several reports of coyote sightings in Clark County over the past month. Some residents have posted articles about the sightings, as well as videos and photos, on the Nextdoor neighborhood app.
Residents of Vancouver’s Felida and Lincoln neighborhoods have spoken of coyote sightings, and someone has even reported seeing a group of five near Clark College.
Stefani Bergh, a wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said she didn’t believe the sightings indicate there are more coyotes than normal in Clark County. On the contrary, she said it’s probably more people with cameras combined with social media who can make it appear that way.
“[People] have all kinds of cameras on and around their properties and on their homes and so they see animals that have always been there, but now they have them on camera, ”Bergh said.
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She said coyotes are omnivores, so they eat a lot of things they can find in neighborhoods around the area – from garbage to pet foods that have been left out of mice and squirrels – and even people’s cherished pets.
“Unfortunately that can also include house cats and small dogs… so the best thing you can do there is bring them at night; in fact, the best thing you can do for cats is not to let them outside because we also know cats eat a lot of songbirds, ”Bergh said.
Lots of wildlife such as deer, geese, swans, and ducks can be found at places like the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail in the Felida neighborhood.
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Peggy McCarthy has lived along the Green Lane for 25 years and has seen all these different critters outside her house. She also sees and hears the coyotes in the green lane.
“I think they have a place here and that they are helping to control other populations,” McCarthy said. “They are definitely reducing the rabbit population.”
Coyotes generally avoid humans, but they also have less land to roam as development spreads throughout the county. This makes natural areas particularly important for humans and animals.