In Maryland, it’s illegal to keep a bear, fox, skunk, alligator, or gorilla as a pet. Coyotes are prohibited, too–in part because the animals have been linked to rabies outbreaks elsewhere in the nation.
Those rules didn’t stop a man in Calvert County from obtaining a coyote puppy in Virginia and raising it as a pet. This week, the coyote got loose and was spotting running around the town of North Beach. Police finally caught the animal and determined it was a pet because it was wearing a collar. They euthanized it due to possible exposure to rabies.
Not every pet coyote story ends in tragedy; for a palate cleanser, I suggest checking out this blog, by a Wyoming woman who has spent the past few years raising an orphaned coyote pup (it’s legal there).