With urban carnivore sightings becoming increasingly more common around Seattle, the Woodland Park Zoo is launching a new online report tool to learn more about their behavior.
Together with Seattle University and as part of their Seattle Urban Carnivore Project, the zoo is starting a Carnivore Spotter website, where residents can record sightings around the city. They’ll also be deploying camera traps in city and county parks across Seattle.
Wildlife scientists will be placing cameras along two lines in the city. One will run east from downtown Seattle to Woodinville via Magnuson Park, and the second will go from downtown Seattle to the Duwamish River, and then east.
The program is intended to explore how all urban carnivores — coyotes, foxes, raccoons, bobcats, and even cougars and bears — live and interact with people in Seattle.
The Carnivore Spotting tool isn’t live just yet — keep an eye on this website to learn more.
Photo from My Ballard reader Kelsey of a coyote spotted in Greenwood in December