Then, after nearly three days of ghosting his would-be rescuers, he was finally caught on November 21.
And not a moment too soon.
"He was in really rough shape when he first came to us," Sarah Beauregard, animal care coordinator at the sanctuary, tells The Dodo. "We didn't think he would make it through the first night."
His pelvis was broken. His skin condition had left him with hardly any coat to protect him from the Canadian winter.
But if there was one hint that this coyote had found the right people, it was written on his face.