Authorities destroyed a sick-looking coyote Sunday after it showed up behind a church in Arkansas City, police in that city said.
In an e-mail, Arkansas City police Capt. Mark McCaslin gave this account: On Sunday, the Police Department received several calls about a sick-looking animal in the area of Sixth Street and Maple Avenue. Officers found a coyote in the yard behind the Church of God in Christ.
Officers noted a number of unusual things about the coyote: It didn’t appear to show any fear toward humans; it was salivating a lot and walking in small circles before sitting down and eating snow; it couldn’t keep its head up and kept making bobbing movements as it sat; and it had a lot of discharge coming from its eyes.
Officers were concerned about the safety of the church congregation and nearby residents, among them young children, the police statement said.
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The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks recommended that the animal be destroyed, the statement said, so “the decision was made to put the animal down in a humane manner, while keeping the neighborhood safe” and not putting officers at risk.