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Forum staff reports , Published April 22 2014

Coyote released after wandering into West Acres mall

FARGO – A small coyote was safely released after wandering into a back corridor of the West Acres mall here Tuesday afternoon.

A staff member spotted the animal about 2:30 p.m. and was able to block it off by shutting the door into the hallway, said Alissa Adams, the mall’s marketing director, adding that it never was in any public areas of the mall.

The city’s Animal Control captured the animal and released it about 3:30 p.m. south of town, where he “ran away happily.”

“It’s something we’ve never seen before,” Adams said. “So it was definitely a first.”