Disoriented coyote found in Mission is recovering

A terrified coyote found wandering San Francisco’s Mission District is recovering at a Silicon Valley wildlife center, rescuers said Friday.

The coyote might have inadvertently hitched a ride into the big city in a car, moving truck or shipping container, said Rebecca Dmytryk, director of the group WildRescue, a nonprofit that helped the animal.

City animal control officers found the female coyote, known as No. 57, hungry and delirious near the corner of Capp and 18th streets on Jan. 18.

“She was petrified, disoriented,” Dmytryk said. “She was at the end of the dead-end alley, facing away from people, hiding her head in the corner. She’d given up.”

Rescuers corralled the coyote and found she was emaciated, dehydrated and covered in fleas and ticks.

“Coyotes are really, really smart, and they just don’t usually act that way,” Dmytryk said. “If she were in her own neighborhood and she knew her way, she would have taken off.”

The dog is gaining weight and strength at the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, said Ashley Kinney, the wildlife rehabilitation supervisor who has been treating No. 57.

“She is actually doing really well; she is definitely improving,” Kinney said. “We hope to move her into our coyote pen with the other coyotes soon.”

Eventually, No. 57 will be released back into the wild, Kinney said.

Anyone who might have seen the coyote stumbling around the Mission should call the wildlife center at (408) 929-9453, rescuers said.

“Did they see an animal jump out of a car or a delivery truck?” Dmytryk asked. “If so, they should call.”

Posted By: Will Kane ( Email , Twitter ) | Feb 01 at 11:12 am

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