A bumped and seriously injured wolf was released from a vehicle into the wild Thursday after nearly three weeks of care and recovery at the San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Wildlife Center.
The fully recovered animal was released late Thursday afternoon at a San Marcos Department of Parks and Recreation site near the parking lot where it was found November 1, according to the Humane Society.
SDHS spokeswoman Nina Thompson said a passerby spotted a female coyote stuck in a hollow in the front bumper of a sedan in the parking lot outside a San Marcos supermarket and called for help, thinking it was a dog.
Thompson said the car owner did not realize the animal was trapped in the body of his car and was inside the store to shop when the situation arose.
After the coyote was cut down, she was taken to the Ramona Wildlife Care Center, where she was treated for shock and a seriously injured paw.
Over the next several weeks, the veterinary team performed a series of examinations and extensive x-rays to make sure there were no fractures or internal bleeding, and the Wildlife Project medical team treated the animal with fluids and pain medication, and kept it under close observation as it was. recovered.
She helped the coyote – described by vets as “old” – survive her ordeal in overall good health, despite her relatively advanced age.
“She was actually in great shape before the car hit her,” said Kristen Barton, director of operations and wildlife rehabilitation at SDHS Ramona Campus.
Her coat and weight are exactly what we want to see in wild animals. We are very pleased that she has recovered quickly and can return to her normal habitat.”