Ruti, the hyena who lived on the outskirts of the commuter city of Modiin in central Israel and became a celebrity, was struck and killed Saturday afternoon, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority announced on Sunday.
Her body was found on Route 443 near the Ligal Industrial Estate.
She also wears a radio transmitter on her collar.
Ruti was first spotted in 2017, when she was wandering around in dumpsters looking for food. The city has expanded into the surrounding natural habitat.
She gathered many local fans, but also enemies, sparking a public fight that prompted INPA to catch her and take her from Modiin twice. Every time she found her way back.
When the authorities decided to move her to the far south of the country, Ruti had become wise and avoided all attempts to capture her.
In order to explain the facts about hyenas and to debunk negative myths and rumors, the Israel Conservation Society published a dedicated Facebook post in Ruti’s name.
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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021 Posted by Tel Aviv Modine and Environmental Conservation Society
On Sunday, it issued a death notice, saying the animal had been a role model for wildlife living in cities.
“To our great regret, the city is stronger than her,” the notice said.
Posted by Tel Aviv Modin and Environmental Conservation Society on Sunday, July 17th, 2022
Yariv Melichi, an ecologist at INPA Central District, said: “Based on our tracking of her, we know that Ruti has had cubs at least twice, if not more. Obviously, in Israel in 2022, the life expectancy of hyenas, even in Ruti It’s been five or six years in an urban space like Tee. It’s a very sad end.”
In the wild, striped hyenas like Ruti can live up to 12 years.
In a December 2018 Times of Israel blog, Alon Tal, a Modiin resident, environmental activist, and member of the Knesset since 2021, wrote: “Humans have chosen to migrate to lands that have always provided habitat for large mammals. Given the small size of Israel, we must learn to live together, just as the ancients lived in harmony with a multitude of predators, including lions, cheetahs, and bears.”