Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center takes in 20 coyote pups

Within the past couple of weeks the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale has seen a big influx of coyote pups coming to their center, and those pups are keeping them very busy.

It's a baby bonanza at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center.

"In the last month or so, we've received.. today I guess would be our twentieth coyote pup," said SWCC's Kim Carr.

Seeing this many pups, so early in the year, is unusual for the center to see.

"We get the bulk of our animals in early summer, so we haven't seen the worst of it yet," said Carr.

The majority of the pups coming to the center were from a concerned citizen. Believing the pups to be abandoned, which wildlife experts say is usually not the case.

"The reason we're getting so many is really unclear.. it's not that the moms are abandoning them.. think ?????????? their moms have gone off and leave their babies.. they just don't do that unless it's a really extreme circumstance," explained Carr.

The pups are a handful for the staff.

"Those guys have to be fed every three hours around the clock and multiply that by five pups.. basically you're bottle feeding all day long," said Carr.

Once these guys are old enough, they'll be moved outside to live with other coyotes.

"They need to learn how to communicate like a coyote and once they're old enough and they're ready, they'll go back out in the wild," she said.

The center says if you see any animal in distress you can call them to check it out, but most of the time the animals are not abandoned, they are just left alone for a while while mom does the hunting.

Online: www.southwestwildlife.org
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