Jan 26, 2013

Disoriented Coyote


Photo courtesy of Ellie Sadler



On January 18, a very frightened coyote was found in a backyard near Capp and 18th, in the Mission District of San Francisco.

After attempts by local authorities to chase her from the area failed, the female coyote was captured and impounded by San Francisco Animal Care and Control.

It’s not that unusual to see a coyote in downtown San Francisco, but what’s puzzling, was her behavior.





Normally, coyotes try to escape when approached, but this one acted disoriented, as if she didn’t know which way to run. She was petrified. So much so that she buried her head in a corner of a dead end alleyway.

Photo courtesy of Ellie Sadler

One theory is that she hitched a ride in a vehicle some how - maybe in a moving van, a shipping container, or engine compartment, then found herself in the city, far from home. That would explain her behavior, and her physical condition.


Photo by Alex Deutsch

On January 22, one of our dedicated volunteer responders transported the coyote from the shelter to wildlife specialists at the WIldlife Center of Silicon Valley in San Jose.



On arrival, the wild dog was too stressed to examine and was given the night to rest.








Photo by Alex Deutsch

Photo by Alex Deutsch


The next morning, she received a thorough examination and was found to be severely dehydrated and emaciated, weighing only 16 pounds. She was also loaded with ticks and fleas.

She was given fluids and placed on a special diet for starving animals. 



Photo by Alex Deutsch


UPDATE: January 31

The coyote is improving, eating whole food - fruits, vegetables and meat, and is responding to medication for a respiratory infection.

Meanwhile, the media has been contacted. We are hoping someone might have seen this coyote in the Mission District before it was picked up - perhaps someone could help piece together her history.

Please call the wildlife hospital at 408-929-9453 if you have any information.


MANY THANKS TO SAN FRANCISCO ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL
AND ALL THOSE WHO HELPED RESCUE THIS COYOTE. 

THANK YOU, SAMMARYE FOR MAKING THAT LONG TREK TO TRANSFER HER!

Please go HERE to make a contribution toward the treatment of this lovely dog.