A small, mangy coyote is wandering residential streets of Arden by the American River, but he's not dangerous, according to Sacramento Animal Care Services.
"Without a clear shot, we are resistant to kill these animals unless they're a danger to residents," said Gina Knepp with the Front Street Animal Shelter. "It's a safety risk to try to kill them in populated areas."
But residents are worried. The coyote - sick with unusually dark skin - has been spotted in the area for more than three months.
"He walks around unsteady, like he's delirious," said resident Enrique Hernandez, 75. "I'm scared he's got rabies."
Hernandez and many others have called Animal Care and the State Department of Fish & Wildlife with concerns. Knepp said they're fully aware of the coyote
"We'll go after him if he becomes a threat - if he starts chasing small children or something - but he's not getting near people," Knepp said. "He's keeping to himself."
Knepp said that Animal Services has tracked down the coyote and believes he has demodectic mange, a skin disease that's not contagious to humans. She added that rabies would have killed the coyote by now.
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