Trending: Could You Turn This Injured Animal Away?

You might not be able to say no once you see the photo of this sad coyote. Authorities are absent as this coyote turns to humans for help.

This visibly injured coyote appeared at the back door of a Pebble Beach Drive home on Wednesday. Credit: Submitted photo
This visibly injured coyote appeared at the back door of a Pebble Beach Drive home on Wednesday. Credit: Submitted photo
By Shannon Antinori 

Typically, authorities tell people to give wildlife a wide berth, provided the animal in question doesn't appear sick or injured.

But what do you do when an injured wild thing shows up at on your doorstep?

That's what happened Wednesday to a homeowner in the 1900 block of Pebble Beach Drive, located in unincorporated Plainfield, not far from Route 59 and Theodore Street.

A reader shared a photo of an emaciated coyote staring in her neighbor's back door. 

The animal, which was visibly bloody, simply stood there and stared for at least 10 minutes, according to the neighbor. According to the resident, a rep from Will County Animal Control said the agency would not come collect the animal, and even asked her to contain it.

A call from Patch to animal control resulted in an automated message telling residents if they were calling about wildlife, to contact the Illinois Department of Conservation. A call placed to the number given by animal control for the department of conservation resulted in ANOTHER automated message, which urged callers to contact Illinois State Police if they had an emergency, or to visit the "living with wildlife" link on the University of Illinois Extension website.

Under "helping sick or injured mammals," the site advises: "If you find a sick or injured animal, there may be a wildlife rehabilitator in your area able to assist you. Untrained individuals should not handle sick or injured wildlife. If rabies is suspected, call the local animal control agency so that the animal can be captured and tested. If you have been bitten by a wild animal, seek medical attention immediately. Your health care provider can assess your risk for rabies exposure and can administer post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) if needed."

The department of conservation automated line does allow callers to leave a voicemail. As of late Wednesday afternoon, a message from Patch had not been returned.
Richard R February 19, 2014 at 01:18 AM
has anyone ever thought that this injured coyote may be for its own pack. See they will turn on their own as food supply gets thin and they pick on the weakest of the pack. Jack London White fang anyone? But really this happens in the masses of the wild everyday.
Jordan S. Zoot February 19, 2014 at 08:38 AM
That would certainly be a reasonable result
Wanda Colman February 19, 2014 at 09:41 AM
An elderly wild canine is often put out of misery by it's own pack. I see this in my own domestic dogs. I often have 5 or 6 at a time, and when one gets old and frail the others pick on it and often attack so viciously the senior dog has to be protected (so when he gets so bad we have to put him down humanely.) 70 years ago my father would take them out to the wood pile and shoot them if they were suffering. Now you go to jail for that.
Jordan S. Zoot February 19, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Finally! Some advice that would work with a sick coyote, a HUGE number of our elected officials, and numerous hoodrat thugs....if only those responsible would take action.
Ur a Veal February 19, 2014 at 10:21 PM


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