DISLIKES ~ Maine isn’t a big fan of large tours or a lot of activity happening around his habitat. Fortunately, he’s learned he can stay out of sight behind his cave house.
Unfortunately, Maine’s story is not unique and many coyotes do not get a happy ending. Thousands of baby coyotes are den-robbed each year or trapped, and others are bred in captivity. Some are sold as pets, others are killed and skinned for their fur, and the most unlucky are used as live bait for training hunting dogs. The poor coyote is tethered so it can’t escape and hunting dogs are taught to tear it apart. The sad reality is that coyotes are often wrongly considered as vermin or thought to be dangerous, aggressive animals that will harm pets and even children. Despite the fact that these ideas are typically not true, coyotes are widely hunted, mistreated, and demonized in the United States. There are even coyote-killing contests in place, organized as fundraisers, in which the winner is the person who manages to kill the largest number of coyotes.
When the first owner dropped Maine off with the rescuer, the little coyote had been incompletely shaved. The man said he had done this because Maine had fleas and thought that would get rid of them. Thankfully, the rescuer took great care of Maine. She took him to the vet, had him vaccinated and treated for fleas, and fed him a healthy diet. Although she cared deeply for Maine, she was about to have her first baby and she knew Maine would need special care that she could no longer provide. She also knew that he could never be adopted into a home like a domestic dog.
Maine’s rescuer contacted Wild Spirit and told us all about this deserving boy. We already had a single female coyote named Yuni who was in need of a friend and rescuing Maine seemed like a great opportunity for her as well as him. By bringing him to Wild Spirit, we could provide him lifetime sanctuary and also enrich his and Yuni’s lives with companionship of their own kind. Maine was nervous on his way to WSWS, and it took him some time to settle into his new home. Fortunately, he and Yuni get along very well together, and with her help, he has settled into a comfortable, happy life at Wild Spirit.