Coyote Caught in Downtown Detroit Pregnant

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A cagey urban coyote that eluded authorities in a nearly hourlong foot chase downtown is expecting.

An animal rehabilitator licensed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources discovered the pregnancy while running medical tests for the Michigan Humane Society, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

The adult female led two animal protection officials and Detroit police on a chase past a federal courthouse and beneath parked cars before heading toward the Detroit River. The coyote was spared euthanasia April 11 when the Humane Society took custody of the animal.

On Monday, the coyote was released into the wilds of northeast Oakland County to give birth.

According to the DNR, coyotes are found throughout Michigan and are most abundant in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula.