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Mar 18, 2016 9:32 AM

Coyote found dead with plastic bottle still stuck on it's head

The first photo was chilling. The last one, heartbreaking.

A lone coyote discovered in January with its head stuck in a plastic jar was found dead. The plastic jar was still on the animal's head and the body was emaciated.

Bow resident Tom Wright said he found the animal while walking off Garvin's Falls Road near the dam.

"I had seen it in the news and in the paper," he said.

Wright left the coyote undisturbed but contacted New Hampshire Fish and Game to let them know he'd found the coyote. When the animal was first spotted with the jar on its head, conservation officers had attempted to locate and tranquilize the animal so they could remove the jar.

Wright said they were relieved the situation had been resolved.

"Unless an animal is willing to stay in a small location and allow a person to capture it, it is nearly impossible," said Fish and Game biologist Patrick Tate. "It's rare among Eastern coyotes because their heads are so large, it takes a large jar for them to get in to it and most households don't have that."

Wright said his wife expressed surprise that he would report his discovery, but he said he knew people would want to know the animal was now out of its misery.

"It's like a human interest story -- people want to know what happened," he said.

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