Coyote released back into the wild after being rescued from rising tides

Rare and strange rescue in Singer Island waterway

SINGER ISLAND, Fla. - A strange and rare rescue operation on Singer Island as wildlife officials rushing in to save a coyote.

The animal was stuck underneath a dock as the tide rose Thursday. 

"Someone had seen it earlier in the day on their dock. Thought it was a dog, and when they got closer the coyote jumped into the water and started swimming and got stuck along the seawall," said David Hitzig, with the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary.

Hitzig and officers with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control joined in the rescue which was caught on camera. Hitzig used a neighbor's boat to get close enough to the coyote to shoot it with a tranquilizer. 

"I couldn't touch the ground, I had a life jacket on. You have an animal that could at any moment freak out in fear, which can be a dangerous situation," said Hitzig.

Hitzig snuck a leash around the coyote's neck and officers helped hoist the animal to safety. People who live in the neighborhood could hardly believe it was found. 

"Highway 441 you see coyotes, here in my canal? No. I can't believe we missed that," said Pate Mullins.
"I've heard of them being around but never near the beach," said Suzanne Hood.

Hitzig was more than happy to help.

"I had a chance to go swimming and didn't have to do paperwork for a few hours, I loved it," he said.

The coyote was given a health evaluation, and released back into the wild Friday. 

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