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Native American Performs Apologetic Ceremony for Dumped Coyotes

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

A local Native American went to the grisly site where more than two dozen dead coyotes were found on Padre Island over the weekend to perform a ceremony for the animals on Monday.

The coyotes' bodies were found beheaded and skinned on the public right-of-way near the Padre Island National Seashore. An investigation is now underway into the illegal dumping of those animals.

Larry Running Turtle Salazar is a spokesperson for local Native Americans. He went to the site Monday to perform a ceremony that he says is meant to apologize for what was done to the coyotes.

"I decided to go up there and do a ceremony, a blessing, so that those animals can go in a good way, to take their journey in a good way," Salazar said.

According to authorities, the person responsible for the dumping could be fined up to $1,000 for dumping the animals on public property.