SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ)
It's coyote puppy season, which means rescue organizations like the Southwest Wildlife Center are overrun with liters that have been orphaned and found in the wild.
And although they're adorable, they are helpless. So the question on some people’s minds is when do I approach and how do you know if they need to be saved.
This litter of six coyote pups came to the Southwest Wildlife Rescue in Scottsdale from Tucson.
“We have two coyote pups in here, 4-to-5-weeks-old.”
According to Animal Care Manager, Kim Carr, these two were rescued by a valley man.
“This man was out in the west valley [when he] saw a dead coyote,” said Kim. “It had a gunshot wound a little bit later [he] heard some weird noises...they wouldn't have survived on their own.”
Carr says for some reason the rescue is receiving an unusually high number of orphaned pups.
“Lots of mouths to feed."
While staff and volunteers will care for every animal brought in, Carr wants people to be aware of what to do if they come across a liter.
“A lot of people, whether they are hiking, [they] see a litter; [they’re] first instinct is to save these guys, but moms will leave their babies for a long time.”
“We want people to ask and we will assess the situation...if they need to be rescued we will definitely send somebody out there,” Carr says.
While adorable, Carr says the most important thing to remember is that they are not pets.
“Even a little guy like this," he said. "They are wild. We don't want anyone to get bitten or hurt.”
The rescue will raise the pups and any other wild baby that needs it until they are old enough to be released back into the wild.
Until their release, the coyote pups will live with foster parent coyotes.
All of the baby-raising after hours is done on a volunteer basis. If you would like to help support the Southwest Wildlife Center, check out their Amazon wish list.
They need things like towels, blankets, formula, and heating pads.