Officials insist: Let wildlife stay wild.

Officials insist: Let wildlife stay wild.

There is a reason the various critters scampering around outside are called wildlife.

“If they are born wild, they need to stay wild,” said Mike Ohlrich, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources wildlife officer assigned to Lucas County. “They are designed to be there, and they survive and thrive that way. That’s how they were made to live.”

Rescued coyote attacked, loses leg.

Rescued coyote attacked, loses leg.

One of the most beloved animals at Nature’s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education is adapting to life on three legs.

Staff found Rue, the center’s 4-year-old coyote, badly injured the morning of June 8. It appeared at least two wild coyotes managed to pull her right front leg through the chain link fence of her outdoor enclosure the night before.

Coyote at Nature's Nursery recovering after amputation.

Coyote at Nature's Nursery recovering after amputation.

A coyote that's part of the educational programs at Nature's Nursery is recovering after one of her legs had to be amputated. Her name is Rue. She was attacked in her enclosure last week.

She was brought to the wildlife rehabilitation center several years ago, after someone took her out of her den as a pup and tried to raise her as a pet. She has since been an ambassador for her often misunderstood species.