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Citizen complaint of the day: Can't anybody do anything about the West Roxbury limping coyote?

Limping coyote of West Roxbury

A concerned citizen filed a 311 complaint about a "very large" and seemingly injured coyote on Mount Vernon Street near Montview Street in West Roxbury around 1:30 p.m. today.

West Roxbury residents have been reporting the limping, yet wily, coyote for more than a month now.

At first, state Environmental Police began searching for him, but couldn't find him and have turned the case over to the Animal Rescue League (so if you see the coyote, call them at 617-426-9170).

This in turn has sparked something of a debate on both the Chronicles of West Roxbury and the other West Roxbury Facebook group (the Chronicles of West Roxbury II, of course): Some people argue it's time to let the Environmental Police find and shoot the creature to put it out of its misery; others would prefer to take the gentler Animal Rescue League approach, which involves trying to capture Wiley and then taking him to the Tufts veterinary clinic in Grafton for rehabilitation; with euthanasia only as the last resort.

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Coyotes are people, too!

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very large for a coyote.

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They will make an appearance on Facebook and be labeled as thoughtless thugs on social media. They cannot win even if they are trying to put the injured animal out of his misery.

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Police don't handle wild-animal calls, unless the animal is attacking somebody or standing in the middle of Centre Street doing acrobatics or something, none of which anybody has reported this coyote is doing. They'll respond to 911 calls, but then they'll call in Animal Control.

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...and they are requesting the public’s help.

Please do not feed the coyote as they have humane traps set w/food and if it’s getting food elsewhere, chances are slim it will go into the trap for food.

They want to help the animal, if possible, and I’m pretty sure they will relocate it away from urban areas once it’s healthy.

They ask to email sightings to: [email protected] - sightings really help!

From where I stand, why kill the animal if it’s not showing signs of aggression, so aside from the injured leg, it’s probably healthy.

Give it a chance. The ARL is.

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"ARL Law Enforcement" makes it sound more official than it is. It's not government-run animal control.

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...ARL Law Enforcement is a real thing with an assigned special State Police officer at its helm.

He has prosecutorial rights as well.

Sounds official to me.

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An animal rights non-profit has prosecutorial abilities? I'm dubious, but curious.

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the ARL has a pretty interesting relationship with law enforcement and often take the lead in animal abuse investigations for the other shelters and rescues in the area (the MSPCA often refers animal abuse issues to the ARL despite the MSPCA being a much larger organization)

https://www.arlboston.org/protection/law-enforcement/

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,,,he has the same authority as the Police Chief at the MSPCA law enforcement arm.

They work together often in investigating such things as dog fighting rings, for instance, animal cruelty cases, etc.

And they have the authority to file charges against such perpetrators.

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two seconds at the google machine and I found the info.....they are state police officers who ARL hires

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You passed the "being a noodge" line a couple posts back. Give it a rest.

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The experts have been talking about coywolves being around here for a while now.

As for the limp, let nature take its course. Plenty of dogs live long, happy lives with a limp or even three legs.

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We had two packs of them howling at the moon from different edges of the Fells the other night. Eerie and awesome all at once!

This guy should be checked out. Injured animals can become aggressive if they aren't able to eat normally when wounded. No reason to be in pain, either.

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I read an article about Coywolfs. It said there was dna evidence that the eastern coyote and timberwolf have intersected several times over 400 years.

I am in Colorado at the moment and one crossed the road in front of me, i was struck how different it looked. All gray, slim body.

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A friend and I were driving up Badwater Road in Death Valley, California last Monday when we came across a coyote trotting down the road towards us. It was much smaller than the coyotes we see here, and it was not shy, meaning that it probably saw us as a source of food. It came up to the side of the car, hung out by the back bumper, before we drove away. We later went to the NPS visitor center, which was open and staffed due to a donation by the park's friends group, where there were posters stating "A fed animal is a dead animal" and warning visitors not to feed coyotes or other animals.

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I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic’s, and his hair was perfect.

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Don't you mean a beer at the Corrib?

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Warren Z

Ah oooo

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Montview not Montvale.

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Fixed, thanks.

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Based on the picture and description here, thats not a coyote its a coywolf (coyote wolf hybrid. Its size, face, and body look more like a wolf then a coyote. Both the face and body are fatter then a coyote

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