Coyote That Attacked Boy Will Be Spared

Steve Miller
January 21, 2020 - 4:02 pm
A coyote was in the care of Chicago Animal Care and Control after being tranquilized on Jan. 9, 2020.

A coyote was in the care of Chicago Animal Care and Control after being tranquilized on Jan. 9, 2020.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The coyote that attacked a 6-year-old boy two weeks ago in Lincoln Park will not be released back into the wild.

But Mercy, as the wild animal has been named, will not be euthanized, WBBM's Steve Miller reports.

The coyote is at the Flint Creek Wildlife Center. Officials there say the animal will not be returned to the wild, after DNA tests confirmed it was the coyote that bit a boy who was out with his guardian Jan. 8 near the Notebaert Nature Museum. 

Instead, they will place the coyote, which they've named Mercy, in a permanent educational setting, the center announced in a news release. Specifics have not been determined. 

Flint Creek officials believe the coyote's limp was caused by someone shooting him with a BB gun. Shots are still lodged in the animal's chest.

"We cannot definitively determine the extent to which this recent injury may have contributed to the coyote’s behavior at the time of the incident but suspect that it was a contributing factor," the news release said.

Since he has been at the wildlife center, Mercy has not exhibited any aggressive behavior, officials said.