We interrupt this horse blog to bring you a coyote story…






This amazing coyote story was in my mailbox this morning and I was so stunned I had to play it forward.

Unbelievable.  Poor Guy…

At least this coyote has a better story to tell around the campfire than any of his new pack – ever.  No coyote could top this, even Wiley…

HERE IS THE STORY

SURVIVED!
When a brother and sister struck a coyote at 75mph they assumed they had
killed the animal and drove on.

They didn’t realize this was the toughest
creature ever to survive a hit-and-run.  Eight hours, two fuel stops, and
600 miles later they found the wild animal embedded in their front fender –
and very much alive.

Daniel and Tevyn East were driving at night along
Interstate 80 near the Nevada-Utah border when they noticed a pack of
coyotes near the roadside.  When one of the animals ran in front of the car,
the impact sounded fatal so the siblings thought there no point in
stopping.
“Right off the bat, we knew it was bad,” Daniel explained. “We thought the
story was over.”  After the incident around 1am, they continued their 600
mile drive to North San Juan – even stopping for fuel at least twice.

But it was only when they finally reached their destination at 9am did they take
time to examine what damage they may have sustained.
At first it looked as though it was going to be quite gruesome.  “[Daniel]
saw fur and the body inside the grill,” Tevyn East said.

“I was trying to keep some distance. Our assumption was it was part of the coyote – it didn’t
register it was the whole animal.”

Daniel East got a broom to try and pry the remains out of the bumper and got the shock of his life.

“It flinched,” Tevyn East said. ”  It was a huge surprise – he got a little freaked out.”
“We knew it was bad”:

Tevyn East, who was in the car when it hit the coyote,bends down to take a
look at the fur poking through the fender.

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What Mr. East spotted as he bent down to inspect the damage to his car –
the body of the coyote poking out through the radiator.

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The animal’s head can be seen as rescuers took apart the front fender
to save it after it was struck by the car at 75mph.

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As the animal struggled, wildlife protection officials put a loop around
its neck to prevent it from further injuring itself.

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The front of the car is completely taken apart as the coyote begins to wriggle free.
And voila!

“Tricky” the toughest coyote ever rests in a cage after its ordeal –
which it survived with just some scrapes to its paw.

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10 comments have been posted...

  1. Liz

    Yes it is Wild. But that doesn’t mean we ignore our duty as a human thread in the web of life.
    “…Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves” ~Chief Seattle

    There are other ways to help wildlife other than giving it “a collar and feather bed” First in mind, stop, call police. They could contact the local wildlife agency and help would have been given.

    I am proud to be a tree hugger, and to commune with nature and all of life with respect and dignity. Let it be so.

  2. Marie

    It is a coyote for crying out loud!! If it had been hurt along the highway and they stopped do you really think it would have wagged it mange encrusted tail and hopped into the car!!??? For all you little people that live in the city they have teeth and will bite you, even if you are trying to help them, especially if they are hurt!Coyotes are filthy! They carry mange, distemper, and rabies!! All of which can spread to your dog, some of which can be transmitted to you!! Seriously!! Bunny and tree hug-ers are just too much!! Not everything needs a collar and feather bed! Give it up, support something like PETA or the NRA!

  3. Regina Epley

    I hope that the little guy makes it after all that he has been through. These people should have checked the car after they hit the coyote! Please, if this ever happens to you be kind to our wildlife!

  4. Brenda

    Not sure what shocks me more the Coyote’s story or the comments. I think the story was posted for the amazing survival content of a VERY lucky coyote not to hate bash the people in it. BTW Horse and Man LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!!

  5. Gail Powell

    I too am ashamed to be called a human being sometimes when people do not respect another living being why didn’t they just stop and check. not assume it could have taken hours or days to die. didn’t it deserve to be put out of its misery had it been badly injured??????

  6. Sylvia Scott

    First- I am so glad the coyote lived. Second though-the drivers were totally irresponsible and disrespectful to the coyotes when they first hit-it is like a hit and run-It sickens me that these two decided they killed an animal the size of coyote and it was okay to leave it on the road. I just cannot believe anyone is so cruel-shame on them!!!! FYI: I’ve lived in two areas of the country where deer and coyote, even fox run across the road. People stop to see if the animal is hurt and needs help. If worse they don’t leave it on the road. Also, they have enough concern for their own cars to see if there is damage immediately.

  7. Sylvia Scott

    First- I am so glad the coyote lived. Second though-the drivers were totally irresponsible and disrespectful to the coyotes when they first hit-It wi like a hit and run-It sickens me that two decided they killed an animal the size of coyote and then just leave it on the road. I just cannot believe anyone is so cruel to leave a; hurt animal on the highway-shame on them!!!! FYI: I’ve lived in two areas of the country where deer and coyote, even fox run across the road. People stop to see if the animal is hurt and needs help. If worse they don’t leave it on the road.

  8. Sara

    awe poor lil guy. i hope hes okay and he makes it back with his pack. dose anyone know if hes okay?

  9. Jill

    Hope all is well with this poor baby!! I would like to know if he did make it back with his pack or a new pack in the wild where he should be.? It just wasn’t his time…. God must have a new and better plan for him!!

  10. Arliss

    Wow!! Poor thing, but lucky. After surviving all that, I hope things turned out OK for him … I wonder if he was released back into the wild? If so, he was very far from his home territory and his pack. I wonder what would happen to him.

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