Coyote in Sebastian With Head Stuck in Plastic Pretzel Jar Gets Rescued

Coyote rescued in Sebastian, Florida.
Coyote rescued in Sebastian, Florida.

A coyote with a plastic jar around its neck was tracked for several days, in Sebastian, by the Wild Florida Rescue.

A member of the wildlife-rescue team told Sebastian Daily the coyote was rescued last Thursday near a mobile home park on U.S. Highway 1.

The Sebastian coyote was first seen last Monday with a plastic pretzel jar stuck around its neck. The wild animal caught the attention of several locals who contacted the Wild Florida Rescue

There have been regular sightings of Coyotes in Sebastian, Vero Lake Estates, Micco, and Fellsmere. Some pets have been attacked, but the coyotes are often afraid of people. 

A wildlife-rescue spokeswoman said the coyote was dehydrated and suffered from an infection after days of walking around with the jar around its neck.

Luckily, the animal was captured and is being treated at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter. It will eventually be released in a designated location.

Some of the wildlife team members said the coyote was “very sweet” but was extremely tired and hungry. They emphasized that it’s still a wild animal and not a domestic pet.

A resident who has cattle in northwest Indian River County said coyotes get aggressive in packs, and people should avoid them.

“We have them out here. They get aggressive in packs, and they are definitely dangerous. People should definitely stay away from them,” John Campbell told Sebastian Daily.

“They attack newborn cattle and pets and have been known to attack children,” Campbell added.

The recent population boom and urban development areas across Florida has caused conflicts between people and wildlife. 

“Those conflicts, often resulting in life or death situations for the affected wildlife, and require a rapid response by trained wildlife professionals,” Wild Florida Rescue said in a statement.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.