Last weekend, after five months of dedicated care to heal his wounds and regain his strength, it finally came time to return Vern to his rightful place in the wild, reports the Daily Herald.
"The second we let a coyote go, they run like the dickens to get away from us. That's what Vern did," wildlife rehabilitator Dawn Keller told the Herald.
"We couldn't be happier with his recovery, and the physical condition he left us in," she said. "People think releases must be sad moments for us, but they're really joyous moments. Everything we do is with the intention of releasing an animal when it's better."