Hospital Patient of the Week: May 1, 2014

On April 25, three young coyote pups were admitted to the wildlife rehabilitation hospital. An Oakley resident had observed the pups for two days, but the mother was never seen. Cold, wet and thin, the pups needed help, and they were brought to us.

Coyotes are very adaptable and are common in Bay Area open spaces and suburban areas. Pups are born in spring and a female may have one to over 10 pups in a litter. Pups become independent at around 6 – 9 months.

Wildlife technicians estimate these coyote pups to be about six weeks old. Sadly, one succumbed to illness; however, the other two are doing well and their prognosis is very good.

Click here for more more information about what to do if you find an orphaned coyote or fox.

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