Coyote Survives 75mph Hit and Takes a 600 Mile Ride in Car Fender

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This lucky coyote survived a 75mph impact and a 600 mile ride inside a car fender.


Though we focus on dogs, we love coyotes and other wildlife too! This story is amazing and unbelievable – this coyote had a guardian angel looking over him!

The coyote was hit by a car at 75mph and became embedded in the fender, where he rode for 600 miles and managed to survive.

Daniel and Tevyn East, a brother and sister duo, were driving at night along Interstate 80 near the Nevada-Utah border. It was here they noticed a pack of coyotes hanging along the roadside. One of the coyotes ran out in front of the vehicle, creating the sound of a fatal impact. Assuming they had killed something, they drove on. Of course, they had no idea it was alive and along for the ride!

“We knew it was bad,” Daniel explained. “We thought the story was over.”

Eight hours, two fuel stops and 600 miles later, the pair found the coyote stuck in their fender – very much alive!

“[Daniel] saw fur and the body inside the grilled,” Tevyn said. “I was trying to keep some distance. Assumption was it was part of the coyote – didn’t register it was the whole animal.”

Daniel East retrieved a broom to pry what he thought were the animals remains.

“It flinched,” Tevyn said. “It was a huge surprise – he freaked out!”


Tevyn East bends down to take a look at “Tricky”, the coyote stuck in the fender.


When animal control arrived, the wildlife protection officials put a loop around the coyote’s neck to prevent any further injury. The front of the car had to be taken apart for the coyote to wriggle free.


The coyote was able to wriggle free from inside the fender.


They named him “Tricky”, the toughest coyote ever. He managed to survive the ordeal with just a few scrapes to his paw.



14 thoughts on “Coyote Survives 75mph Hit and Takes a 600 Mile Ride in Car Fender”

  1. I would really like to know what happened to the coyote after the rescue. Did they drive it back 600 miles to try to find its pack? How did the brother & sister driving the car not notice a coyote in the cars grill when they bought gas? It is very noticable in the pictures You know they looked to see if the car had sustained damage. Unbelievable that they could just drive on. I just hope after all the coyote went through it wasn’t euthanized since they are considered a nuisence in some areas. Poor coyote.

  2. do you think they could have stopped to see if what they hit was dead or alive, and if injured, put it out of its misery? Just amazing it took them 600 miles to check it out! Maybe they will think twice next time they his something SHEESCH!

  3. I would like to know as well . It won’t be able to just join another pack.. It would probably be killed an eaten by some other pack. Man

  4. This story is from 2009, really?? I feel jipped. As far as coyotes…I’ve lived in the woods where they live, had to get an LGD to keep them from eating my chickens, goats, small dogs and cats. They are NOT nice animals. But I am leaning toward the bs side of this, too. How can you not check the damage to your car? Pretty silly.

  5. Poor little coyote!! What a trooper! I gotta say like the other comments, they should have stopped to check on him to begin with he might have died a miserable death. Then to get gas twice and not notice till the second time, come on now., I’m so glad he’s ok and woula also like an up date of what happened to him after. Bless all Gods animals great and small!! And even the dim wits called humans!!

    • You don’t stop to check on a possible injured animal that would kill you if it could, because you are a bleeding heart and try to go near it when it is hurting. Do you talk wike dis for the weensy thing to let it know you are nice? ’cause he speaks english and understands that you love all animals?

  6. On a long trip like that, I can see how they might just get out and fill up the car w/out checking the grill carefully. A person kind of has to bend a bit to see into the grill on those cars and if there was no visible damage on the hood, they probably wouldn’t have thought about it. Going that fast, it’s truly amazing how the heck the animal managed to get UP inside the grill!

    We’ll just have to believe the coyote is free and living large nowadays with an unbelievable tale to tell his comrades.

  7. even tho the story is old Im glad to hear it survived with mimamal injury, bless his heart, he has a strong will to live…..


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