In case you were not aware, it is illegal to own a coyote on the state of Maryland. However, this didn’t appear to stop one resident of North Beach, Maryland from trying!
The Calvert County Animal Control Center captured a coyote reported to be running loose with a leash in the area of Neptune’s Restaurant in North Beach, Maryland on Wednesday of last week. They were able to capture the coyote, using humane catch poles, and discovered that the coyote was wearing a blue collar, indicating that it was someone’s pet. Members of the Natural Resources Police and Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division confirmed that the animal was a coyote.
Eventually a resident of North Beach came to the sheriff’s office claiming that he was the owner of the coyote, and investigators learned that the coyote was obtained as a puppy in the Virginia area. Charges are pending against the owner, as it is illegal to own or possess a coyote in Maryland.
Across the United States, millions of exotic animals are kept captive in private homes and in roadside zoos and menageries. The trade in exotic animals is a multi-billion dollar industry, and exotic animals are bred, sold, and traded in large numbers.
But these animals — including, among other species, lions, tigers, cougars, wolves, bears, monkeys, alligators, and venomous snakes and other reptiles — pose grave dangers to human health and safety. By their very nature, exotic animals are unpredictable and are incapable of being domesticated or tamed.
Maryland Law prevents any resident of the state from owning or possessing foxes, skunks, raccoons, all species of bears, alligators, crocodiles, all species of wild cats, wolves, nonhuman primates, and various venomous reptiles.
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