Pet Coyote Wearing Collar Caught in Calvert County, Maryland

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office

A coyote that was being kept as a pet was captured in Calvert County, Maryland, Wednesday morning, and euthanized. 

Someone saw the coyote running loose in the area of Neptune's restaurant in North Beach just after 8 a.m. An animal control officer captured the coyote nearby using poles. 

Police say the coyote was wearing a blue collar when it was caught. 

The coyote's owner told investigators he got the coyote from Virginia when it was a puppy.

The coyote was humanely euthanized because of a possible exposure to rabies and sent to a state lab for testing. The Calvert County Sheriffs Office said Thursday afternoon that it has tested negative.

It is illegal to own a coyote in Maryland; charges are pending against the owner. 

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