Game officers still hunting possibly rabid coyote

2014-08-21T17:55:00Z 2014-08-21T17:56:21Z Game officers still hunting possibly rabid coyoteKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 21, 2014 5:55 pm  • 

A coyote that may be rabid was shot and wounded Thursday morning in midtown, but Arizona Game and Fish officers still have not recovered the animal.

“When it was last seen it had been shot in the shoulder and was bleeding heavily, but we could not find it. Presumably it’s dead,” said Mark Hart, spokesman for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. “It probably sought refuge somewhere because it was wounded and that complicated searching for it.”

Dead or alive, the coyote should not be approached by people or pets, Hart said. Rabies, if the coyote is infected, is transmitted through bodily fluids, Hart said.

Anyone who spots a wounded coyote or a carcass should call the department immediately at 1-800-352-0700.

The coyote was last seen at about 11 a.m. in a wash area near South Kino Parkway and East 19th Street. After it was shot, the coyote ran into dense vegetation in a wash area and officers lost it’s trail, Hart said.

Tucson police officers responded at about 6:45 a.m. Thursday to Mansfield Park near the intersection of East Grant Road and North Fourth Avenue, after receiving a 911 call about a coyote menacing dogs as their owners were walking them. Another dog bit one woman as she tried to drag her own pet away from the coyote, Hart said.

The coyote then led Tucson police — and later Game and Fish officers — on a miles-long chase through the University of Arizona Medical Center complex on North Campbell Avenue, as well as the Sam Hughes neighborhood in the area of East Speedway and North Tucson Boulevard, and through neighborhoods in the area of East Broadway and South Country Club Road.

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