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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.
Aj February 13, 2014 at 09:39 PM
The person who shoots 50 a year needs the same done to them...
FAL February 13, 2014 at 09:39 PM
There were no vets in the area who would have been willing to help a hurt animal?
Tracy February 13, 2014 at 09:47 PM
@ Laura who suggested, that I suggested that this particular Coyote had rabies.... That was never said ... Didn't say anything about this particular Coyote...I actually was referring to a "IF" type of situation! As in IF someone ever in fact engaged in a random more than 10 mins "Stare Down" with a coyote-type of situation... :)
Tracy February 13, 2014 at 09:52 PM
Then yes...more than likely that animal would have been or would be rabid! Think about it...."more than 10 min" stare down randomly at a humans home with a human...that would indeed, be extremely unusual and highly suspicious behavior suggestive of Rabies...
Tracy February 13, 2014 at 10:18 PM
If not Rabies, than possibly a statue?? Either way...that would have been WEIRD! BTW:according to the resident this happened to...a "more than 10min" type stare down encounter never even happened! More like...more than 2 seconds! Based on that, I'm not too worried that this coyote had rabies! It was, exactly like it looks-in the pic- and like it sounds like it was at that time. which is, Hungry and Hurt....and that about sums it up!
WorriedParent February 13, 2014 at 10:35 PM
Tracy, let me correct you on your own statement: #2: The 2nd to last paragraph of this article, Patch writes, "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." •UMMMM....did anyone else find this statement to be a bit ODD?!? If you couldn't leave a message, then why they heck are you STILL waiting for them to return the "MESSAGE" you left?!? Do you see how the Patch wrote, and you did as well, that the Dept of Conservation DOES allow you to leave messages, hence why they left one but have not yet received a call back.
Kathie Wheater February 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM
Call a stste licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Some of us can and will help to capture injured wildlife for treatment. I am in DuPage county. Animal Control basically does nothing good with wildlife. they should not be your first option. http://web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/professionals.cfm#rehab
Tracy February 13, 2014 at 10:55 PM
@WorriedParent- You are soooo right!! Didn't see that!!! lol! Well, at least we know what it would have sounded like if it was written the way I thought it was! Lol
Kristen Tessone February 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM
Absolutely positively call Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation: 847/842-8000 - flintcreekwildlife.org. I have been a volunteer for about a year and they are amazing. They will take any wildlife that is in need of care, with the exception of bats, skunks, and raccoons.
Rick whatshisname February 14, 2014 at 01:02 AM
I'm not in favor of abusing animals, but realistically I am not experienced nor trained to deal with wild animals. If there is a wild animal on my property and if I feel it may put my family at risk, I would treat it as I would a possible dangerous intruder: I may shoot it. @Kristen, your info. is awesome and appreciated (and by the way, would they come to Joliet!?) While organizations like Flint Creek.... is awesome, why do we have Will County Animal Control? What exactly do they get paid for? Just to catch stray dogs and cats?
Shrwdlady February 14, 2014 at 08:05 AM
Animal Control will not help with stray cats - have called in the past for assistance and they said there was nothing they could do. Don't know about stray dogs.
Eric Lewis February 14, 2014 at 08:37 AM
The only good Coyote is a dead Coyote
Mina Smith February 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM
The humane thing to do for a sick/injured wild animal is to put it out of its misery if you have an opportunity to do so. Having said that coyotes prey on cats and kittens and as someone who has a barn and cats and kittens who live outside, coyotes are the enemy and any who dare tred on my property will be promptly shot. I am the predator here, they can find their dinner somewhere else.
Lisa Bledsoe Farris February 14, 2014 at 11:38 AM
i live at caton farm and essington by mall qnd i had dame problem last fall. i had manged or rabid fox by my front door hiding in bushes. call everyone...same places listed plus tried to hire animal tracker/catcher nobody would help. i feel this is a huge problem and coyotes (and fox) are becoming more popular through this area. this flaw in conservation policy really needs to be fixed for both human and animal safety!
SouthSide February 14, 2014 at 11:41 AM
If I showed up visibly bloody and in need of assistance, I hope whose ever doorstep I was on would help me... and by help, I don't mean putting me out of my misery with a bullet to the head.
Mina Smith February 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Thank you Southside, I just posted something exactly the same as what you said and then thought the better of it and deleted it. But exactly right. It is a terrible thing to allow an animal to suffer needlessly.
Dolores Santucci February 14, 2014 at 02:39 PM
Studies by experts prove that shooting coyotes does not reduce the population as nature kicks in and they have bigger litters to compensate. It's dangerous to use guns in residential areas. Some people are either uninformed or just like to kill things. It's best to keep your distance. But in this case I would have tried to get the animal in the garage and call a wildlife rehabilitator. It's the safe and humane thing to do. http://web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/professionals.cfm#rehab
Mina Smith February 14, 2014 at 02:40 PM
"Studies by experts" Sure, whatever. I'm still shooting 'em.
Michele Ciasnocha Wood February 14, 2014 at 03:01 PM
Starving cats? I have called Mchenry county animal control, they were more than happy to contain a cat that was around our house last winter. I contained the animal in my garage with a flipped over propped up childs large plastic pool and blankets left food and water and cracked the garage door open a little over night. Low and behold the cat was sleeping on the blankets the next morning, and animal control came and took it. I can't bear to see a starving or injured animal would have probably opened the garage door for it like the other poster had said.
Mina Smith February 14, 2014 at 05:03 PM
Just so I understand, the same people who want to not shoot obviously injured and miserable wild animals want to have Animal Control come to their homes and take small pets that wander in away to almost certain death by gas chamber? Very interesting. Our delicate hearts bleed for the injured wild animal who would feast on your small mammals or even your kids but no sympathy for what is probably one of your neighbor's lost cats? I love these comments, they really show how the community values end up in the toilet.
Lisa S. February 14, 2014 at 08:40 PM
You're right Mina...shouldn't we just shoot them all? Would you suggest we all arm ourselves and shoot the poor stray pets we find wandering as that is so much more merciful than the alternative? Or just let them wander around un-vaccinated, hungry, injured or quickly reproducing because irresponsible neighbors don't properly take care of their pets? Obviously there are plenty of animal lovers in this thread...both domestic and 'wild' animals. I find it much more disconcerting how many on here want to use their guns. I have no problem with guns- just not in your residential backyard illegally killing animals for fun.
Mina Smith February 14, 2014 at 10:50 PM
You miss my point, and I think you do so intentionally. On the one hand, you propose that we should coddle and nurture the wild animal who comes to us injured (thus likely very dangerous), the same wild animal who would gleefully eat our small pets and possibly any babies we left out unattended (not that we'd do it.) On the other hand, in reality, when you have a stray cat wander to your home looking for assistance he gets the bums rush to the local animal control and the gas chamber. Never mind there is a 90% chance he is a much loved pet of one of your own neighbors who might be desperately looking to rejoin with him. You miss my point because it clearly illustrates what fake and shallow human beings you are. Pathetic.
Lisa S. February 15, 2014 at 03:25 PM
No, I understood you perfectly. But you yourself are fake and shallow if you truly believe that wild animals deserve any less sympathetic and kind treatment than pets. I don;t think anyone who has commented here proposes to send their neighbors pets to the gas chamber. If those pets came to the door bloodied and hungry you are aware that they can be dangerous too, right? Only speaking for myself I would still help. And I have- I have treated wounds, fed the hungry, and tried to reunite the lost. I have been bitten- I know the risks. Ignorance is no excuse for cruelty- shooting coyotes or any other animal for what they 'might do' is inexcusable. And in case you are not aware...coyotes are not coming into your house and eating small pets. They only go after the easy prey- and if you are dangling your unsupervised pet in front of them and they are hungry-then who's fault is it?
Mina Smith February 15, 2014 at 04:23 PM
So you say you give wild animals the same "kind treatment" that you give to pets? I see, so since you have advocated for keeping a bloodied, injured and in pain wild animal alive and this is same the "kind treatment" you provide your pets I assume then that you don't euthanize your pets when their time comes either? So in other words any animal who finds itself at your doorstep wishing for a merciful end will get the same "kind treatment": Being kept alive in order to suffer in pain until they finally die on their own. Brilliant.
Tracy February 15, 2014 at 04:24 PM
Okay, good now the 'cat fight' can end bc ...Mother Teresa-(A.K.A Lisa)-lives right here in Plainfield! Lol! Hey, At least she's willing to take in ANY possibly rabid, managed and diseased animal that comes her way! Therefore,I vote for setting up a "rabid&diseased"-drop off shelter at her back door(right in front of her back door window--see pic of the coyote above for visual reference). I'm sure you don't want it coming to me, or the others who feel the same and WE ALL know animal control is...is LOST CAUSE in these situations.....SOOOOO this is just my proposal here, but I'm thinking this may be the solution to our problem here!!?!?.....
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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