Things are looking up for a Northern California coyote saved by a human search party last week.
The female coyote was rescued Feb. 5 after wandering around Placer and El Dorado counties for at least 13 days with a hard plastic container securely fastened to its head. It was emaciated and dehydrated, and had wounds near its ears as well as tick and flea infestations.
The coyote was initially in stable, very serious condition. The prognosis is brighter now, but lingering problems include anaplasmosis – a blood disease transmitted by the ticks latched to its skin – and a delicate stomach not yet ready to return to a natural diet.
Bowls of food specially made for starving animals have been replaced by a menu of skinless chicken and mice with the fur and tail removed, said Greg Grimm, treasurer of Gold Country Wildlife Rescue’s Board of Directors. The coyote needs to eventually eat critters and spend time in an outdoor enclosure before being released to the wild.
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“She’s doing better, but she’s not out of the woods yet,” Grimm said.
Grimm anticipates being able to release the coyote at a yet-to-be-determined location once it puts on more weight in the next two to three weeks. It’s gained about one pound over the last few days but remains below its check-in weight after initially not being able to eat much.
Donors have given more than $5,000 to Gold Country Wildlife Rescue to fund treatment for the coyote and other animals since its rescue.