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Coyote Successfully Released on March 15

Photo by Whitney Mountain, Peninsula Press

Photo by CJ Baldwin

Photo by CJ Baldwin

In September of 2010 the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley received a coyote from San Jose.

When he arrived, he was severely dehydrated, malnourished, and riddled with mange. After a few days of treatment, the Peninsula Press included him in a story about preventing coyote attacks in the Bay Area.

In November, the coyote was moved to the Center’s predatory mammal enclosure, a simulated natural environment that gave him room to maneuver and recover. Our Wildlife Rehabilitation Supervisor, Ashley Kinney foresaw the coyote’s rehabilitation and continued treatment for mange until February of 2011. At the end of the month, the staff and volunteers at the Center began to prepare for his release.

Before the release, KTVU published a story on Bay Area residents co-existing with urban coyotes. You can read the full story here.

On Tuesday, March 15, 2011 the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley released the coyote in Santa Teresa Park in San Jose after successful treatment and rehabilitation.

It was a beautiful sunny day and the release went smoothly. Wildlife Rehabilitation Supervisor Ashley Kinney opened the transportation kennel carefully and the coyote ran quickly, happy to be out in the open. KTVU was present for the release and aired it on the 5 and 6 o’clock news.

Gallery of Release Photos

For more information on coyotes, visit our Species Highlight page.

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