“It is challenging to distinguish between a young dog and a coyote pup when they are so young, but the largest difference is the elongated snout,” Dariel Walker, communications specialist with the San Diego Humane Society, told The Dodo. “Our officers are highly trained to recognize these differences.”
Of course, the man had absolutely no idea that he’d been caring for a coyote in his home, and was completely bewildered when the officers informed him of his mistake.
“He was absolutely shocked,” Walker said. “He thought he had found an abandoned puppy, so discovering the creature was actually a wild animal came as a big surprise.”