N.J. Family Wakes Up To Find Pregnant Coyote In Basement

OAKLAND, N.J. (CBS 2) – When Ken Dunwald first saw his smashed basement window, he had no idea he wasn’t alone.

Upon going downstairs and opening his basement door, he nearly stepped on something wild and furry.

A 40-pound coyote was resting on the warm comfort of his TV room floor.

“She was lying right against that door,” Dunwald said. “I just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

He believes the wild animal crashed into the home through a window while everyone was asleep. The animal did not appear to be injured either.

While the Dunwald family was agitated, they said the coyote looked as calm as could be.

“She was looking away from me. She looked almost shy,” Dunwald said.

Dunwald’s daughter Erica grabbed her camera and quickly snapped a photo from outside.

“It was creepy,” she said, recalling her nervous moment taking the picture.

Police told the family to wait outside. When two Bergen County Animal Control officers arrived, they determined the coyote was pregnant.

“The animal control people came around and started pushing on the door here, and the other came on this side rattling pans and eventually she snuck out. We opened the garage doors and she bolted right out the door,” Dunwald said.

The Coyote, is now back in the wild to give birth. But the Dunwalds don’t know what caused her to jump through the double paned window.

“The animal control experts have a theory the coyote was startled by a car on Seminole Avenue and darted across the lawn before crashing through the window in a panic,” Dunwald said.

The Dunwalds wish the coyote and her offspring well, deep in the woods—some place far away from here.

“It had a good ending I just hope the coyote is okay,” the daughter said.

Police told the Dunwald family that coyote sightings in the area are extremely rare. Officers said this was the first one they can remember.

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  • Jan Turner

    In this day and age, with rapidly declining habitat for wildlife, it is refreshing to see a family that is compassionate toward our wild animals. Too often wildlife rehabbers receive calls from people who moved out of town to be close to nature, and then demand that the wildlife in the area be removed because they don’t want the animals in “their” yards.

  • blackrebel

    Sho’ you right…right on!

  • Michael

    Caring about animals is not compatible with racism. The bigoted comments about Muslims are inappropriate.

  • Michael

    This has nothing to do with people having more compassion for animals that for other humans. It’s a basic human instinct to be compassionate. The fact that these people helped the coyote out doesn’t mean they would not have helped a fellow human as well. Anyway, what should they have done? Killed her?

    The fact that people feed their pets also does not mean they don’t and shouldn’t help less fortunate people. There’s plenty for everyone. It’s just a question of whether we have the will to spread the love and the wealth to people and animals who need it.

  • Bob Allen

    Its ironic that people hav more compassion for animals than other human beings!!! How many millions of dollars are spent on food for dogs and cats while millions starve every day!!

    • Bruce Cohen

      As far as I’m concerned, more people deserve to be shot than animals.
      I’ll let you all come to your own conclusions.

      • BarbieCoach

        Bruce – Well said. I completely agree. Animals are in a sense helpless when up against today’s obstacles. Humans – were granted the gift of choice. Animals – survival.

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