Wiliest coyote get 600 miles stuck in car


When a brother and sister struck a coyote at 75mph they assumed they had killed the animal and drove on. They didn’t realise this was the toughest creature ever to survive a hit-and-run. Eight hours, two fuel stops, and 600 miles later they found the wild animal embedded in their front fender – and very much alive.

Wily coyote: The animal’s head can be seen as rescuers took apart the front fender to save it after it was struck by the car at 75mph

‘We knew it was bad’: Tevyn East, who was in the car when it hit the coyote, bends down to take a look at the fur poking through the fender

And – as if to prove the point – the wily coyote later escaped from where it was being kept to recover. Daniel and Tevyn East were driving at night along Interstate 80 near the Nevada-Utah border when they noticed a pack of coyotes near the roadside on October 12. When one of the animals ran in front of the car, the impact sounded fatal so the siblings thought there no point in stopping. ‘Right off the bat, we knew it was bad,’ Daniel explained. ‘We thought the story was over.’ After the incident around 1am, they continued their 600 mile drive to North San Juan – even stopping for fuel at least twice.

Fur Pete’s sake: What Mr East spotted as he bent down to inspect the damage to his car – the body of the coyote poking out through the radiator

Miracle escape: As the animal struggled, wildlife protection officials put a loop around its neck to prevent it from further injuring itself

But it was only when they finally reached their destination at 9am did they take time to examine what damage they may have sustained. At first it looked as though it was going to be quite gruesome. ‘[Daniel] saw fur and the body inside the grill,’ Tevyn East said. ‘I was trying to keep some distance. Our assumption was it was part of the coyote – it didn’t register it was the whole animal.’ Daniel East got a broom to try and pry the remains out of the bumper and got the shock of his life. ‘It flinched,’ Tevyn East said. ‘It was a huge surprise – he got a little freaked out.’

The front of the car is completely taken apart as the coyote begins to wriggle free

And voila! Tricky the toughest coyote ever rests in a cage after its ordeal – which it survived with just some scrapes to its paw

The pair immediately phone Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release. ‘We could see a little bit of blood, not a lot, and we couldn’t see any wounds,’ Tevyn East said. ‘We didn’t know if it was suffering and we should put it out of its misery, or if we could rescue it. But we realized we were going to have to take the front end of the car off to get to it.’ The coyote had been thoroughly embedded between the front fender and radiator of their Honda Fit car – and had amazingly survived the journey without any broken bones or internal injuries. ‘It just had some scrapes on its paw,’ Daniel East said. The coyote – which was nicknamed Tricky – became active while trying to escape the car space so, fearing severe internal injuries, wildlife rescue worker Jan Crowell managed to snare a loop around its neck. Jan took the coyote to a kennel in her yard while figuring out where to release it. But three days later the coyote saw its chance – and escaped by wriggling beneath the bottom bar of the cage. ‘Now it’s a local coyote,’ Tevyn East said. ‘This coyote is amazing. If you look at the front of our car, the grill broke and acted like a net to soften the impact. It’s pretty insane … somehow the conditions were just right for it to survive the trip. We’re trying to tell the story to people, to family and friends back home, but people can’t wrap their minds around it.’ ‘We named it Tricky for a reason,’ Daniel East said.


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12 Responses to “Wiliest coyote get 600 miles stuck in car”

  1. Extenze says:

    Very nice pics. i like it.

  2. This is anawesome article. That babee. I am so gladhe made it! He isa tricky one!!

  3. Bubba says:

    Too bad the car wasn’t a Plymouth Road Runner.

  4. Joshua says:

    I think it’s sad that they didn’t stop. Not only did they remove the Coyote from it’s living area they just assumed that it was dead. Only callous people refuse to stop when they hit something. What if it had been a child? Would they have stopped then?

    Since there is no difference between a Coyote’s life and a humans life what they did was deplorable. I’m just glad that the coyote survived this horrible situation.

  5. dan says:

    yeah to what joshua said i agree.

  6. Eric says:

    In response to Joshua and Dan,

    I’m gonna have to disagree. A child’s life is not the same as a coyote’s life. A coyote is an animal, a child is a human. I will say that if I am in a residential area and I hit an animal such as a dog or dare I say a cat, I hate cats, I would stop and try to find out whose it was as family pets often are parts of the family as my dog is like a child to me. I guess I just wanted to clarify, as much as I treasure my dog’s life, if he was hit by a car by accident I don’t think the person should be brought up on vehicular homicide charges as I would think someone hitting a child should be.

  7. John says:

    Cute little gaffer.

    Hope it doesn’t grow up and eat people.

  8. john says:

    This sounds fishy and unlikely that this animal was struck at that rate of speed and suffored no injuries Physics = dosen’t add up. But to the unlikely chance this was real….. FUCK the people who struck this animal and didn’t even stop to see the damage THEY caused. They even proceded to drive and fill up twice before they bothered to look at any damage. Scew them for being such assholes! Next time I run someone over I’ll make sure to let they suffor for hours before attending to the problem. What would they be saying if it was a person “oh I knew I hit something but didn’t know what it was cause I was a huge tool and didn’t check it out.”

  9. leeannea says:

    that is the weirdest thing i ever saw

  10. Thomas says:

    I am astonished that the coyote lived! The little guy even got away with only scratches! Incredible!

    I see that there are some bleeding hearts commenting here. Grow a pair!

    Joshua – Yeah, maybe they should have stopped, but to what end? 99.99999999% of the time, the wildlife will be dead or running off. There is nothing to do but see the damage. This was a bit of a freak occurance.

    “What if it was a child?” Jesus, are you serious? Do you honestly think that a child would have been wandering out on the interstate, at night, in the middle of nowhere, with a pack of coyotes. You sir, are an idiot.

    John – You should hang out with Joshua. Maybe you can start another animal rights group. Hippie.

    Yes, it is unlikely but not impossible for an animal to be shoved into that area without being badly hurt. I have put a full white-tail inside the engine bay of my truck before. They did nothing wrong, though i know i would have checked out all damages. The outcome would have been the same if they pulled over.

    Have fun debating idiots! I hope you don’t have children that are as ignorant and narrow-minded as you! 🙂

  11. doofus says:

    huh. Why are you so upset? it’s neither your car not your coyote. Guess some people always has to ‘rage’ at something. What’s next? rage at speedbumps?

  12. Jim says:

    In reply first to Eric. A coyote is an animal, correct. A HUMAN is an animal too. So you are wrong there. Sorry but Humans are listed in the animal kingdom, hence we are an animal.

    To Thomas,
    you seem like a “holier than thou” type of person… Calling other people idiots for posting their opinions while…you do the same? You sir are a judgmental asshole and I hope nobodies children, including your own if you have any, grow up to be like you.

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