Coyote with mange reportedly dies after being struck by car in Danville


A coyote spotted in Danville suffering from a severe case of mange has been fatally struck by a car, Wildlife Emergency Services said in a statement Monday.

Animal control officers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel had been aware of the sick animal ever since it was first reported roaming Danville's residential neighborhoods Aug. 19.

Members of the public were advised not to provide the coyote with food or water to discourage it from staying around.

Rebecca Dmytryk, president and CEO of Wildlife Emergency Services, said Monday afternoon that the animal was reportedly struck by a vehicle on Sycamore Valley Road near Brookside Drive.

Animal control has been notified, according to Dmytryk, who said the carcass will be sent to a state lab for further study.

-- Bay City News Service

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8 people like this
Posted by Laurie
a resident of Danville
on Sep 5, 2016 at 8:23 pm

Sad situation. Not at all sure it needed to end this way.

4 people like this
Posted by Mrs B
a resident of Danville
on Sep 6, 2016 at 8:15 am

We've seen this poor guy for the last two years. He would wander across our hillside. He never came close. He looked like he was starving too.

7 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Sep 6, 2016 at 8:24 am

Animals like this poor one should be humanely dispatched, not watched and treated like some pathetic spectacle.

9 people like this
Posted by Scott
a resident of Danville
on Sep 6, 2016 at 9:26 am

Very sad indeed. Although I'm sure that Animal Control resources are tight, it seems that much more could have been done to capture and treat or humanely euthanize this poor creature before it had to be killed by a car. I admire its ability to survive this long given its health issues. Rest in Peace, poor creature.

10 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 7, 2016 at 5:56 pm

Very sad. If a similar situation ever develops again, ideally best to capture, treat the mange, then release in a much more rural habitat. Coyotes were here long before us, we altered their environment for the worse.

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