Rio Rancho Police Save A Coyote

Coyote seen on the way to work

Photo is not of the actual coyote

A great story from the Rio Rancho Observer “Officers rescue entangled coyote for resident“.

The coyote was thrashing against the fence, and the wire was cutting into its leg. Marshall said officers are authorized to shoot animals if they need to, but she didn’t want to do the paperwork for discharging a firearm or decide whether the coyote lived or died.
“I just figured I had to try something,” she said.
Valdez found a metal pole; he and Marshall climbed over a low cinderblock fence and up an icy stone retaining wall to the coyote.
“They didn’t even bat an eyelash,” LoGuercio said.
Valdez used the pole to keep the coyote’s head down so it couldn’t bite as Marshall worked the wire free from its leg.
“I was surprised,” Marshall said. “It didn’t growl at us, nothing.”
Before long, the coyote was free and ran onto the mesa like it wasn’t injured, she said.

Didn’t want to do the paperwork? Right.

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New Mexico's 2009 Rose Bowl Float

New Meixco’s float in the Rose Bowl Parade was the Warner Brother’s Roadrunner and Coyote. Both of these guys, and a grey and white rabbit with a bushy tail are all common in my yard. I agree with this accurate depiction. Not to mention that the Roadrunner is the state bird of New Mexico.

The float’s official title is “Hats Off to New Mexico – Beep! Beep!”. Of course, there is an blog from those that did the flowering of the float. After all, why would you expect the state tourism website to have at least one page dedicated to it?

The float won the 2009 Bob Hope Humor “Most Comical and Amusing” trophy. In 2008, New Mexico won the Grand Marshal’s Trophy for “Excellence in creative concept and design” for a float which depicted the X Prize Cup and the aliens landing in Roswell.

Image from maykamei on Flickr.

Dumping Skinned Coyote Carcasses Illegal, Skinning Them Not

Rio Rancho man accused of illegally dumping coyote carcasses (Via Free New Mexican).

A Rio Rancho man faces charges of illegally dumping about 20 skinned coyote carcasses in an arroyo west of the city.Coyotes are not a protected species in New Mexico, and it is legal to hunt the animals. However, Undersheriff Tim Lucero said it is illegal to dump carcasses in that part of Sandoval County. County ordinance makes violators liable to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 for dumping.