News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Happy Easter! (and if you see a bunny, let us know)

March 30th, 2013 by Mike

Happy Easter from Maple Leaf Life!

And speaking of bunnies … we’ve been looking for one for weeks.

Back in mid-February (i.e., when it was cold and waiting to snow) Dan emailed us:

“We were on a walk through Mike’s block last night, and saw a rabbit hopping around.

“We first saw it on Northeast 88th Street, and it went in front of us around the corner onto 12th Avenue Northeast, going north.

“As we walked north, it crossed the street and went up a driveway between two homes on the east side.

“The lighting was not great, but it looked like a wild bunny and not anything exotic, although I’m not a bunny connoisseur and so can’t say for sure.

“It is the first rabbit we’ve seen on our nightly walks in the last 28 years. We have seen coyotes, raccoons, possums, but never a bunny.

“Is this the first sign of an invasion? The hard-shelled snails are steadily moving north, maybe the bunnies will be next.”

We’ve been watching for that dratted rabbit ever since, and haven’t spotted it. Has anyone else?

(Thanks, Dan.)

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Nearby news from overnight – shots and bunnies

August 19th, 2012 by Mike

Two items from our overnight email:

  • Calvin reports numerous gunshots heard around 11 p.m. in Pinehurst, just northeast of Maple Leaf. “When I called in to the police they stated they’d heard several reports about it. I heard twenty to thirty shots in all.”

Anybody have more news on this?

  • On a brighter note, Elise has a question about “random bunnies in Maple Leaf.”

Recently I’ve noticed a couple cute and friendly rabbits foraging on the corner of 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 91st Street. I saw them a few days ago in the late afternoon and tonight at around 1:30 a.m. One is large and brown and the other is black and a bit smaller.

They don’t seem to have any fear of people, so I worry they are escaped pets which may not know how to live safely out in the neighborhood. However, they are not amenable to being approached closer than about three feet, so maybe they’re wild and just hanging out. Neither have any indicators of being owned by anyone except for not acting feral. Keep your ears open for families missing their pets but please don’t call to get them rounded up by animal control. Thanks!

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