In a story about a wild animal humans tried to domesticate, turned into a tragic ending when authorities in eastern Colorado euthanized a tiny coyote pup after it bit a woman.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the pup, wearing a black collar with a leash hanging off of it, found in a cage had been fed by humans. After the pup bit the woman, authorities were notified, and in a press release, the agency stated the woman and several other people in Yuma had been playing with the pup when it bit her. Although the bite only left minor injuries, the woman had to go through rabies shots.
Officers from the CPW found the pup wearing the collar and leash. The woman is expected to make a full recovery, but what about the pup? It’s not like he wanted to make friends with humans. And it’s only because humans decided the cute, fluffy and adorable little wildlife critter would make such a cute pet, that he paid with his life.
The only way to test for rabies is by examination of the brain tissue in a dead animal.
In Colorado, feeding wild animals including coyotes and foxes is punishable by fines starting at $100.
Humans have essentially taken over the habitats of wild animals, yet continue to encroach upon their small areas of freedom. Tragically, it’s the wild animals who pay with their lives.