Wildlife Rescued During Major Rainstorm

| February 10, 2024 | 0 Comments

A coyote who had a bucket stuck on his head and was rescued from a flooded field full of debris during San Diego’s devasting storm, is now back in the wild. On Friday, January 26 San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife team released the coyote in a dry field, not far from where he was found.

It was Monday, Jan. 22, 2024, when San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement was called to the flooded Tijuana River Valley in the 2,200-block of Dairy Mart Road in San Diego about a dog floating in debris with a bucket stuck on his head. Due to the difficult terrain, the only way to reach the animal was by boat, so San Diego Lifeguards helped the Humane officers reach the animal — who turned out to be coyote, not a dog.

The suffering coyote was rushed to the Bahde Wildlife Center for initial triage and care, where veterinarians administered a sedative and pain medication, then removed the bucket from his head, provided fluids and took X-rays. He was wet, suffering from mild hypothermia, and had cactus spines stuck in his fur and wounds that needed care.

After the first 24 hours, the coyote was transferred to the Ramona Wildlife Center, where our Project Wildlife team rehabilitates apex predators. The juvenile coyote received continued care for his wounds and was monitored via cameras to ensure he was displaying healthy behaviors before returning to the wild.

The juvenile coyote received continued care for his wounds. Photo is courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society.

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