This Coyote Found Roaming a Maryland Beach Was Actually Someone's Pet
This fierce-looking coyote seen roaming on a Maryland beach turned out to be someone's pet.
Police and animal control officers managed to hook the animal using catch poles after a concerned resident spotted it running along North Beach in Calvert on Wednesday.
In a selection of photos shared by the Calvert County Sheriff's Office, it can be seen baring its teeth for the camera.
The animal was dragging a leash and had a blue collar around its neck which helped officials determine that it was actually someone's pet.
A North Beach resident contacted authorities to say they owned the animal.
It is illegal to own a coyote as a pet in the state of Maryland but it is not known if the owner faces any charges. An investigation revealed it was obtained as a puppy in Virginia.
The coyote was put down "humanely" because it may have been exposed to rabies, according to the Calvert County Sheriff's Office.
Results from the state lab in Baltimore showed the animal tested negative for rabies, cops said.
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