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Illinois coyote heals after getting stuck in car

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Associated Press

WAUKEGAN -- A coyote is recuperating at a northeastern Illinois wildlife rehab center after being hit by a car and getting stuck in its grille.

The (Waukegan) News-Sun reports the coyote has been treated for three fractures in his legs since the incident last week. A train conductor pulled into a Waukegan station with the animal wedged in the front of his car.

The driver told Waukegan Police Department animal control officer Amber Manley that he thought he hit something on the way to work but he didn't see anything. She says it was amazing the coyote survived.

The coyote is in care at the Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington and has been named Vern. The center hopes to release him into the wild after winter.

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