California Town Races to Save Trapped Coyote


The town of Cool is on the alert this week as reports emerged of a distressed coyote wandering through the town's gated community, Auburn Lake Trails. The coyote has apparently managed to get its head stuck in a large clear jar, making it impossible to eat or drink.

A community-wide effort was launched this week to catch the coyote and remove the jar. Volunteers from both Gold Country Wildlife Rescue and Sierra Wildlife Rescue have joined in on the hunt. Armed with net guns and taps, the volunteers have been combing the area, but the coyote has proved elusive. Despite multiple sightings, residents have been unable to catch the skittish coyote.

According to the latest reports, the animal seems to be losing weight. One resident reported that the animal could only walk a few feet before laying down on the ground. Local wildlife officials fear that the coyote will soon starve if the jar is not removed.

Similar incidents of trapped animals have become increasingly common in recent years as Americans continue to generate large amounts of trash. In Florida, a tiny bear cub wedged his head into a large jar. After 10 days, wildlife officials were able to catch him and remove the container. More recently, a whitetail deer with a plastic container on its head collapsed in the yard of a Minnesota woman. She used a catchpole to remove the jar and save the dehydrated deer. In Russia, two men encountered an agitated fox cub who had somehow gotten caught in a jar. The men removed the jar and the cub went safely on its way.

In order to safeguard animals, wildlife conservationists recommend secure storage of trash and recycling. Animal-proof trash cans are available for homeowners with hungry visitors nearby. Also, campers and motorists should avoid littering, particularly in areas with heavy animal populations. Finally, recyclers should crush containers and see if their sanitation company will allow them to keep the lids on their recyclables.