Carcass was coyote, testing reveals

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It turns out the canine carcass cooking on Third Street last month was a coyote, according to the Central New York SPCA.

No arrests are expected to be made at this time.

SPCA officials said additional testing has returned a 100% positive result that the critter was a coyote.

Rome Police said neighbors spotted a resident cooking what appeared to be a dog on an outdoor grill on Third Street in Rome at about 4 p.m. Jan. 13.

Officers responded to the scene and seized the animal, with the resident telling them it was a coyote.

Coyote hunting season in New York runs from Oct. 1 to March 28, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Rome Police Departmentturned the carcass over to the SPCA for testing.

Dee Schaefer, humane educator with the CNY SPCA, said samples were tested at Cornell University and they were “98% sure it is a coyote.”

Schaefer said additional samples were tested at a laboratory in California.

The results came back Thursday to confirm “100%” that the carcass is a coyote, she said on Thursday.

Since the carcass was confirmed as a coyote, Schaefer said the case will be turned over to the DEC because the SPCA only investigates companion animals.

“There are no laws regarding coyotes,” Schaefer noted. “It’s coyote hunting season until the end of March.”

Schaefer also warned residents that this is the prime period for coyote births and offspring, and that can be dangerous for small pets.

“Coyotes are out there. This is prime season for babies to be born,” she warned.

The CNY SPCA educator added that “it is important for people to know not to let their small animals out unsupervised.”

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