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.
Jordan S. Zoot February 14, 2014 at 06:08 PM
"hunted until complete distinction".....the choice of language speaks volumes I conclude my involvement in the discussion on that note.
marianne February 14, 2014 at 06:28 PM
no One called him an idiot ,sorry meant to say NEAR distinction my mistake.
Jordan S. Zoot February 14, 2014 at 06:31 PM
The word that a literate person would have used would have been "extinction".....if you truly don't understand that I truly need to not say more.
marianne February 15, 2014 at 02:08 AM
oh pardon me, i made mistake...lol, please explain what it's like to be the word nazi? whats next spelling? grammar? People usually go to that level when they feel they are not capable of defending their position in a conversation.
robin February 15, 2014 at 06:42 AM
From comments I have read - not only on this post, but many others, people are just FILLED with ego and hatred AND stupidity. Trying to out do the other by attempting to be superior over the other and going as far as belittling and name calling and such. The human race is by far the most advanced species on this planet and we destroy ourselves, animals and this planet by being cruel and arrogant, with actions and words. StOP it, Just STOP it. Be kind 365 days a year, not just at the end of the year. Put your asshole jackets back in the closet and show some compassion to EVERYONE and not be jerks to each other in these posts. This one is about a coyote, and it has turned into a circus of name calling and lashing out. Take a chill pill folks and be kind to everyone, kindess is harder to spread thses days as the world has gotten cold cold cold.
Wanda Colman February 15, 2014 at 09:44 AM
to get back to the original question, yes, I would feed the suffering canine until he was healthy. When well again he would leave on his own. I do have a fencing situation where I could do this without his contact with my pets or myself. Only the formerly feral cat goes where I would place the dog food.
Mary E. Campbell February 15, 2014 at 12:01 PM
Rhino horns being sold in Asia/Asian cultures as cures for everything from cancer to impotence. Gorilla hands being sold everywhere as ashtrays and 'art'. Brutal, cruel deaths for monetary profit. And look at the dwindling numbers of species. We all need to remember that the way these animals go is that way we'll go, and probably by our fellow humans' hands as well.
marianne February 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Well said Mary
Jordan S. Zoot February 15, 2014 at 12:34 PM
I am not going to repeat what has already been said. All of you are wrong and both the facts and the law track the position I have explained. So when you hear the BOOM you can be sure that the coyote is in a better place.
Gigi Jourdan February 15, 2014 at 03:41 PM
Well Mr. Right, that does indeed sound like a WIN WIN solution. There is no doubt the animal's suffering will end and you can further justify your right to kill something.
Ur a Veal February 17, 2014 at 07:26 PM
Just reading this now..., what a shame! So why do we have an animal control officer? Why has this not been addressed by the agency? This is Chelmsford's call, not some agency in IL, unless IL is paying his salary!
Deb February 17, 2014 at 10:18 PM
Well, what happened to him? Did someone help it? I would have gotten a leash and a muzzle and brought him to my vet.
Ur a Veal February 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM
yes...I agree with Deb, what happened to the sick, emaciated coyote?
Grumpy Old Man February 18, 2014 at 07:42 AM
Trending stories on Patch, such as this one, are frequently attention getters. They are not news. They are to attract you, to get you to click onto the story so they can attract national advertisers. Don't expect a follow up.
Jordan S. Zoot February 18, 2014 at 08:13 AM
Grumpy......the follow up is going to be a cooking story which will describe the experience of three of these animal lovers that decided to fricassée the emaciated coyote just to prove a point. Spoiler - coyote is tough as nails and tastes WORSE that dog but BETTER than rat. Go figure.
Jordan S. Zoot February 18, 2014 at 08:19 AM
Since I brought it up its only fair I share some recipes: Here then are some tried-and-true coyote recipes. Crock Pot Coyote Four pounds of coyote meat. 16 ounces of apricot preserves. One bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. One half of a red onion, diced. Half teaspoon of salt. Half teaspoon of pepper. Half teaspoon of garlic powder. Put all into a crock pot, let it cook for eight hours, and it's ready to serve. Stewed Coyote Four pounds of coyote meat cut into one inch cubes. 11/2 cups of vinegar. A tablespoon of pepper. Two tablespoons of salt. Tablespoon of garlic powder. Half cup of cooking oil. Two large yellow onions, diced. Three cups of tomato sauce. Ten cups of boiling water. Two red bell peppers cut into strips. Two bay leaves. One teaspoon of Tabasco sauce. One can of pineapple chunks. Marinate the meat in a mixture of the recipe's vinegar, pepper, salt and garlic powder for two hours. Fry the meat in the oil, using a large wok, or a large cast iron skillet. Add the onions, pineapple and sauté until tender. Once tender, pour into a pot, adding the tomato sauce and boiling water, add your bell pepper, bay leaves and Tabasco. Cover and simmer until meat is tender. (My dear friend Phil Schweik says you can substitute lamb for the coyote, because the taste is similar, but why would you he asks, since coyote is a heckuva lot cheaper than lamb!). Grilled Coyote Slow cook the coyote meat over a grill, marinate with some fruit based glaze, roll in cabbage leaves when done, and serve with steamed white rice. Deep Fried Coyote Cut your coyote meat into one inch chunks, then soak in buttermilk overnight. Prepare your deep fryer, then bread the coyote meat in your favorite breading, and deep fry until done. Quick, easy and tasty!
Jordan S. Zoot February 18, 2014 at 08:21 AM
In case some of you prefer something that is a bit less likely to cause you to contract mange you might want to try lemongrass dog. Here is a great recipe with photos: http://www.wikihow.com/Cook-Lemongrass-Dog
Terrence February 18, 2014 at 08:33 AM
Jordan why do this? You seem to enjoy hunting or killing innocent animals which is your choice but why be nasty about it? You can hunt if you so choose as well as people who choose not to. Why be so offensive and cruel?
Grumpy Old Man February 18, 2014 at 08:33 AM
Jordan - I stand corrected. There is a follow up!!!
Jordan S. Zoot February 18, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Terrence I am astounded what is offensive or cruel. I do hunt, I enjoy it, and I intend to continue to hunt. In most cases, deer, elk, of course, meat is cleaned and saved for consumption. While I am not sure that I would try it.....I thought I would demonstrate that some hunters do eat coyote and in some cases dog. Human beings are carnivores...which means that they eat meat. Meat comes from animals with fur and skin, NOT plastic packages in the case at Whole Foods. Its part of the process of how we as humans feed ourselves. If you choose to be vegan, wear plastic shoes, etc....that is your choice but to tell someone that chooses to eat meat or wear a leather belt that they are offensive and cruel is pure bullshit. I am not telling any of you what you should eat......how about STFU and respect my legal right to hunt and where I choose to take animals that I have killed and use them for food.
Grumpy Old Man February 18, 2014 at 09:21 AM
Hunting is regulated in the United States and subject to limits on the type and number of animals which can be taken. When on an endangered species list they cannot be hunted. Hunting within those limits for food is less cruel than the manner in which slaughterhouses dealt with pigs and calves into the 80's and 90's and while I sure hope not, may still do (confine them into a tight pen where they can't move and fatten them up). I wouldn't hunt for dogs or coyotes or cougars or even bear - I don't support the indiscriminate killing of wolves prompted by cattle ranchers. I do eat meat and I have no problems with hunters who hunt for food as well as the sport of it - hunting requires tracking, patience, marksmanship, study of game and their habits (I have no use for the clodhoppers who call capturing an animal, tying it up and letting someone shoot it hunting - I assume (hopefully correctly, that not much of that goes on). Those who don't like hunting should really focus on the problem of finning of sharks, poaching in Asia and Africa, and the over fishing in the oceans. Then there is the issue of organic vs. non organic and the foods that cattle are fed, the list goes on.
Jordan S. Zoot February 18, 2014 at 09:27 AM
Grumpy......you certainly "get it". I think I "get it"...some of the rest of this just mystifies me. I agree with you on hunting dogs...I don't have much interest in bears as they are giant balls of fat. As for Cougars and wolves, I agree that unless they are a specific problem there is no reason to shoot them. The subject of coyotes in Illinois is a bit different, particularly in urban areas and the northern parts of the state where with the elimination of wolves, there are no natural predators for coyote. If they are successful in introducing wolves from Wisconsin it should help deal with the problems with coyote and deer. Now if the wolves could just be retrained to hunt animal activists :)
Grumpy Old Man February 18, 2014 at 09:35 AM
I'm not sure introducing wolves into Illinois would be a good idea. Too populated. Northern Wisconsin is more open - the less contact between wolves and humans the better. As far as animal activist - I'm not sure the wolves would like them any better than you do!
Ur a Veal February 18, 2014 at 10:52 PM
Obviously, the ignorant here have contracted MAD COW disease which comes from eating eating undercooked meat. Why would you hunt, or kill a weak animal, with that said! Il tell you what, I hope we all go rogue on each other and I can come hunt both of you weak moral characters, hunt, kill and eat you!..... touché"
Ur a Veal February 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM
and im sure Hannibal lector would serve your liver with some fava beans.... pfttt...pfft.pft!
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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