A 2-year-old dog, appropriately named Wiley, was believed to be living with a pack of coyotes for over a year, when a rescue group decided to try to capture the dog.
Nicole Asher, founder of Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery, received the call alerting her to Wiley, who had periodically been spotted around some power lines near Kingston, New York.
The rescue and recovery of the dog was potentially going to be difficult, since he was often with coyotes.
“How he integrated with them we don’t know; we have no idea,” Asher told The Dodo. “But it’s not unheard of. There are coydogs out there, coyote-dog hybrids that happen when dogs and coyotes mate. But it’s rarely seen in person—you know, dogs hanging with coyotes.”
Asher’s first step to rescuing the dog, which she later named Wiley, was to try and get him to come back to the same spot more than once.
Fortunately it didn’t take too much effort.
Asher set up a feeding station, hoping that the dog would come back.
Asher then set up a trail camera nearby the feeding station.
The first night she observed Wiley and some of his coyote buddies on the camera. Once she realized that Wiley would probably show up the next night as well, she set a trap.
“It was only two nights,” she said. “He was a fairly easy trapping.”
By the second night, Asher had caught Wiley.
When Wiley was recovered, he was covered in ticks. Asher brought him to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge to receive treatment.
Unfortunately, Wiley didn’t have a microchip and after calling authorities and searching dozens of “lost dog” ads, Asher was unable to find the dog’s owner. However, she’s confident he’ll find a forever home in no time.
The adorable dog was brought to a shelter where he would receive necessary treatment.
“I think he’s going to be ready for adoption fairly quickly,” Asher told The Dodo. “He’s a sweetheart. He was leaning on me, smooching on me.”
As soon as Wiley is healthy, he will be ready for adoption.