Story sent from Canada:
I received a call from Animal Care and Control today. They had picked up a coyote that had been caught in a leg-hold trap.
The guy at ACC said that he just couldn’t put her down. So, I met him out at the rehabilitation center where the coyote is now in one of our outdoor enclosures.
Although the coyote would rather be free, at least she is still alive. She doesn’t look as though she was hurt by the leg hold trap and she appears to be healthy.
I gave her a nice dinner for her stressful day. Since she doesn’t appear hurt, we’ll release her soon as soon as we find a good place for her. The bad news is that we can’t release her back to where she came from.
How nice that they called you! It gives me hope to know that there are good people out there. I wonder what the story was and why the trapper didn’t get her.
I hope there is a good place for her to be released.
Of course it is her home which she is tied to: her family and territory. The ones released by Stan Gehrt tried to make it back to their homes. They all died in the process. If released too far from home, there are more obstacles — people and cars — that the coyote has to deal with.
Not only that – in her desperate search for food she could get into trouble with people and their pets!!!
Someone called ACC to say that they had seen her in the leg-hold trap. So there is another good person out there.
We do have places to release coyotes. Unfortunately it won’t be with her family or in her own territory. And, they don’t all make it when they are released in a new place. I hate this, but at least we are giving her a chance.
Couldn’t it be done at night – who would know? The whole experience will be aversive enough to keep her from going into the area where she was trapped.
Unfortunately, I do not know where she was found. They don’t want me putting her back in the same area.
The attached is not a good photo, but a photo none the less of our latest visitor at the rehabilitation center. She is curled up in front of a heat lamp on a drizzly day. She ate all of her kibble last night but neither of the rats that I left for her. I guess she doesn’t like them if they are not alive and running from her. She will get more kibble, rats, insects and other goodies tonight.
I am still working on getting the location of the spot where she was found. It may take me a few more days. Once I find out where she was found, I’ll get her released close by.
I know that she is not keen on where she is and she is afraid. However, she is warm, has food and shelter and it is temporary. We will get her back where she belongs soon.
It’s a great picture! And you are an angel!!!
I found out where the coyote was found. I am working on a clandestine release within a couple of blocks. Will keep you posted.
Just wanted you to know that the coyote brought in for rehabilitation was returned to her neighborhood on Wednesday night about 11:30 pm. I wasn’t there, but here is what was relayed to me. She was at the back of the kennel during the drive until she got close to her neighborhood when she could tell that she was almost home. Once the door was opened, she bolted out. About halfway to the tree line, she turned around and looked at the person who released her. Then she went on her way to find her family.
We all just love a happy ending.