UPDATED: Mutilated coyote found on university campus land
BOULDER — The carcass of a coyote has been found on University of Colorado South Campus land near Boulder, leaving university and wildlife officials puzzled over the motive.
University police spokesman Ryan Huff said Wednesday the animal had been shot in the head, skinned and had its paws removed. Wildlife officials said it may not even be a crime. In Colorado, it is legal to kill coyotes year-round, and the animal may have been killed elsewhere and dumped on university land that is largely undeveloped, except for a few sheds and some tennis courts.
“It’s strange times in Boulder. This might be someone’s idea of, I don’t want to say practical joke, but ... they might have wanted to irritate people by dumping the animal there,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill.
The carcass was found about 100 yards north of CU tennis courts on a patch of land about a mile away from the main campus.