My heart broke realizing the pain and panic he must have been feeling, let alone the heartlessness of the trapper who had left him there to die.
Sticking out of the bank next to him was a branch that he'd chewed on to relieve some of the pain he'd endured from being in the trap for so long. But what made this experience even more gut-wrenching was seeing other coyote tracks in the snow around him. Most likely his mate was protecting him and bringing him food so he could survive.
In the new documentary, "Wild Things," I tell this story and how the experience impacted my life from that point forward. Here's a clip:
WARNING: The clip features footage of a coyote caught in a trap.