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Bloodied Coyote Shows Up at Resident's Back Door

What should you do if you encounter injured wildlife? Well, it's not entirely clear ...

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
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.

It's unknown where the coyote went when it left the Pebble Beach Drive home.
Mina Smith February 15, 2014 at 05:06 PM
Brilliant,Tracy. Agreed. Exactly the solution I was looking for. Lisa please do post your address so that we may transport our sick, injured and diseased animals, wild or not, to your property for proper care and nurturing until such time as they die a natural death. I hope you have a big garage - I have a few horses here that are getting older. They will be needing some of that "kind treatment" of yours real soon now.
Lisa S. February 20, 2014 at 05:00 PM
First of all- who said the coyote in question was sick, in pain, or dying? Second- I don't recall anywhere in my post that I intended to let my personal pets suffer and never euthanize them. But I am also not going to shoot them in the backyard if the time comes. I am so glad we have Tracy and Mina in watching out for us though- apparently both are well qualified in veterinary medicine and able to determine on sight who should live and who should die. You can name call all you like and continue to laugh at your own lame commentary, it just illustrates how uneducated and unsympathetic you really are. The only thing you are right about Tracy is that the 'cat fight' can now end.
Mina Smith February 20, 2014 at 05:04 PM
"the 'cat fight' can now end." - but not a moment before you've had the last word? isn't that right? and it took you a week to come up with it. LOL This is good fun right here, and all at your expense. :-)
Lisa S. February 20, 2014 at 06:52 PM
Oddly enough I don't troll the Patch on a daily basis looking for people to bully. I applaud that you have time to do so though. Good fun? Apparently you are unfamiliar with the difference between laughing at you and laughing with you. "LOL"? What are you, 12?
David Potter March 01, 2014 at 08:51 AM
Seems to me Lisa, that you indeed do troll the Patch, by looking up your history! What are you a Liberal lier????

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