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Officials Put Down Sickly Coyote Along South Broadway

The mangy animal was suffering due to starvation and mite infestation.

Officials from the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) put down a sickly coyote along South Broadway on Wednesday.

The mangy animal was plagued by mites and was becoming more bold with humans to retrieve food, said William Muggle, Officer. The department received at least one call a day to report sightings.

"He was extremely ill. He had no fur left, his tail was rotting off," Muggle said. "He was starving to death."

After tracking him and other coyotes in the city for month, officials from the Department of Environmental Management met with Muggle near 1281 South Broadway to discuss this particularly mangy animal. At that time, the animal came closer to the officials and they shot him.

"He came out again and was looking bad as ever," he said. "We had a clear safe shot with woods and hills as a backdrop."

The carcus is in a freezer, said Muggle. It will be sent to be examined by a wildlife biolgist as the animal was tagged for research purposes.

Other coyote sightings have been reported throughout the city, but they are safe to humans; however, Muggle advises people to keep their cats indoors.

"We try to leave the healthy ones alone."

Chris Dias wrote Patch an e-mail reporting he saw a coyote near the Exxon Mobile property fence.

"As I was about to snap the picture, he turned around and walked away. It may be hard to tell, but he was HUGE, bigger than a German Shepard," he wrote.

Officials urge people .

Hi April 06, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Why is this person allowed to continually post ridiculous, derogatory comments?
Denise Knuff April 06, 2012 at 01:26 PM
There have been some really big ones over in the Village Green area - haven't seen them for a while but last winter my dog and I were approached by one that was large German Shepard sized. He just turned and walked away when I noticed him.
Kathy Santos April 06, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Larisa Park has them and Sabin Point Park too. I saw one cross the street and go up Crown Av last week
Ray Bassett April 06, 2012 at 05:16 PM
for the same reason you're allowed to moan & groan about other people's remarks.....
Ray Bassett April 06, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Why all the "hull-a-ba-loo"........they are a part of this world, this planet is their home.....oh, that's right, I forgot.........we humans need to destroy everything that might get in our way.............including each other.....don't like coyotes??? go live on some deserted island!!!!!!!!!!
Next City Manager April 07, 2012 at 10:50 AM
You tell em RAY
Next City Manager April 07, 2012 at 10:53 AM
My experiences where a little different than cops chasing coyotes. I've learned that if you object to giving up your wife, they will chase you out of town.
Terry Boyd April 08, 2012 at 10:01 AM
I've seen them near the park in the early morning. Also near the bike path on Crescent View Av.

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