Sick-looking coyote destroyed in Ark City
02/10/2014 10:52 AM
02/10/2014 10:53 AM
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.
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.
Join the Discussion
The Wichita Eagle is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.