March 1, 2011
This is Kady, my wild coyote friend, that
I noticed injured in the wilderness area of Los Angeles where I go hiking. His leg is injured. There is an infected wound on the opposite hip, and he has mange-thus referred to as a ‘bald’ coyote.
When I first saw him he was much thinner, and he could barely open his eyes. Kady is unable to hunt, scavenges i n the garbage and eats poisoned ground squirrels.
When I arrive at the park I call him telepathically, and he appears moments after. He knows my car and our secret meeting place. He comes within 5’ of me.
I had fed him 1.5 lb. of hamburger and dry dog daily food for a couple of weeks, but I knew that feeding him wouldn’t be helping him in the long run, and if I was caught it would be $1,000 fine and 6 months in jail.
I didn’t know how to help him. After research, e-mails and phone calls to wild life centers, sanctuaries, and the City’s wild life division, I found Mary Cummins; a local, independent, licensed rehabilitator, amazing woman and president of Animal Advocates. These are her photos and video of Kady.
Mary sets the trap, and together we wait patiently for Kady to enter. We try different food, place the trap in different locations, camouflage it with twigs and shrubs, use different size traps...trying to outsmart a coyote!
But Kady is one smart boy. He gets close, eats around the trap, but will not enter.
I have been asking him to step into the trap- if he wants help, and that no one will harm him. He’s not going for that one either.