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Parkade coyote to be released into wild

A wild coyote’s trip to the big city has ended peacefully.

Manitoba Conservation officers tranquillized a grey coyote in the parkade adjacent to 201 Portage Avenue and plan to release him as soon as he has recovered.

Coyote tranquilized and trapped inside a downtown parkade

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Coyote tranquilized and trapped inside a downtown parkade Photo Store

A coyote was trapped on the second floor of a parkade, before it was tranquilized and removed by Manitoba Conservation officers

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A coyote was trapped on the second floor of a parkade, before it was tranquilized and removed by Manitoba Conservation officers Photo Store

Joe Johannesson, district supervisor at Manitoba Conservation, said officers were able to get close enough to prick the animal with a "jab pole" – essentially a needle on the end of a long stick – while it was hiding underneath a car on the second level of the parkade.

"He was moving back and forth but (after getting the needle) he was down within two minutes. He was getting scared," he said.

The subdued coyote was put into a cage and then into the back of a pickup truck. He will be released in Beaudry Park later this afternoon.

"It’s a good end to a tough day for the coyote," Johannesson said.

History

Updated on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 2:43 PM CDT: Updates photo.

3:00 PM: updates with coyote captured

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