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January 31, 2012 > Coyote


Submitted By Rose Britton

The coyote (Canis latrans), also known as the American jackal or prairie wolf, is a canine species found in North and Central America, from Canada, the United States, Mexico and Panama. Adult coyotes typically reach 30-34 inches in length, plus a tail of 12-16 inches, are approximately 23-26 inches high at the shoulder and weigh an average of 15-46 lbs. Northern coyotes are usually larger than their southern cousins.

This poor little coyote pup was found on July 24, 2011, sitting on Hole #10 at the Stonebrae Golf Course, and did not even attempt to run when the Hayward Animal Control officer put a net over her. On examination at Sulphur Creek Nature Center, she was found to be severely emaciated, dehydrated and literally covered with ticks. She was tube-fed fluids and treated for ticks, fleas and worms. After a rest and more fluids, staff pulled off more than 300 ticks from her. She was still very lethargic. The liquid diet was continued for a couple of days; she was more alert, but still not eating on her own.

Dr. Gandolfi, DVM, gave her an iron shot for anemia, a result of having had so many ticks. After a week of tube feeding, she was moving around but still not eating and then she took a turn for the worse. Antibiotics were administered and she started to improve immediately. The day after she started antibiotics she ate a mouse! Three days later, she was able to eat on her own and trying to make up for lost time.

To properly rehabilitate a young coyote, it must be raised with other coyotes. So, on August 11, 2011, she was active, eating and had gained two pounds and was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley where there were five other young coyotes.

For more information about the Sulphur Creek Nature Center, visit 1801 D Street, Hayward, call (510) 881-6747 or email

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