A human who would do to any living thing what was done
to this young coyote is on the way to becoming a murderer and/or torturer
of other humans. If you observe or hear of anyone doing something like
this to any animal, please call the DNR TIP line or contact the coyote
For violations of Indiana's water pollution laws or
fish and wildlife laws, individuals may call 1-800-TIP-IDNR (800-847-4367).
TIP stands for "Turn in a Poacher / Turn in a Polluter." This
line is staffed by Conservation Officers who will refer the call to
the appropriate state agency or follow the lead as an enforcement issue.
Callers are not required to give their names or testify in court. IDEM
also has an emergency spill line which is for major chemical spills.
Reports from citizens can always go through the TIP-IDNR line to reach
this unit, if needed.
came from Indiana Coyote Rescue Center. They
were taken by a vet who was called to get this unfortunate animal from
a garage where it had taken refuge. According to the vet. someone had
shot this animal in both front legs, apparently for no other purpose
that to make this animal suffer. What follows is a copy of the email
Veterinarian Rachael Jones concerning the young female coyote pictured
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2008 11:18 AM
Subject: Re: coyote
Hi JoAnn--I'm very sorry to let you know that the little female coyote
had to be euthanized. She was only about a year old and , as you know
--her left foreleg was a mangled, infected stump and the right foreleg
was hopelessly shattered in the elbow region with open wounds infested
with maggots and gangrene.
She had been shot, as there were lead fragments in both injured legs.
Why whoever shot her (and for whatever reason) did not at least have
the humanity to finish the job ---so this poor wild creature did not
languish and suffer for day--- is beyond me.
I just don't understand the cruelty harbored in some folks.She surely
had suffered greatly and for several days. I cannot imagine how she
even made it from where she was shot to the shelter of your garage.
She must have just scooted herself on her chest/belly with her back
legs. The pain must have been excruciating to do that.
If she had only sustained the mangling or loss of one leg, I would have
been willing to amputate the stump to spare her life (and place her
in a refuge in central Indiana for injured/non-releasable coyotes---Google
Indiana Coyote Rescue for their website if you are interested in reading
about that facility). Losing both front limbs would be an entirely different
matter and she was very toxic from the gangrene.
It's my belief that she was shot somewhere nearby because I just cannot
fathom her traveling too far in the condition she was in with those
types of injuries.
I'm not sure if it's against the law to discharge a firearm in your
neighborhood or not, but if it is, you might want to keep your ears
open to hear if anyone brags or "fesses up" about shooting
a coyote...even if it's legal to shoot in your area...it might be a
good thing to let them know how badly this animal suffered on account
of their actions.
It's not against the law to shoot a coyote any time of the year in Indiana
if the landowner feels it is threatening their livestock or property.
This amounts to it being ok to shoot them on sight. I do think the person
who shoots it is required by law to report it to their conservation
officer within 72 hours or they can be charged.
Thankfully it does not look like this female was nursing any pups so
at least we know she did not leave babies orphaned with her passing.
She only weighed 24 lbs, poor little thing.
Thank you for doing the right thing in trying to get her some help.
The world needs more compassion and tolerance and it's refreshing to
find that it still exists.
Rachael Jones, DVM CVA
Live Bait Dog Training
Rule Hearing July 15, 2008
These photos are similar to photos of coyotes used in
"live bait dog training" where wild animals are turned loose
in a fenced run where dogs are then introduceed to chase the wild animal.
Animals used are literally torn to pieces although trainers claim otherwise.
There are many of photos of this practice available from the coyote
rescue center. Some Indiana trappers have been selling coyotes, racoons,
and other wild animals to these dog operations located in one or two
southern states. A DNR regulation that would end sale of animals in
Indiana to these so-called dog trainers. The regulation will be considered
by the Indiana DNR Commission during its regular monthly meeting, held
July 15 in Portage, Indiana.
6100 Southport RD
7pm EDT 6pm CDT
Please try to attend to show your support for our Indiana Department
of Natural Resources.
Even tho you have allready commented, this is the only time you can
face the commission to let them know how you feel. Commenting to them
personally can have an impact just before they make their decision.
Indiana Coyote Rescue Center