From Lower Manhattan to Queens, coyotes on the loose in New York
They have been spotted frequenting the roof of a bar, roaming a park and “chilling” right outside a house.
Smaller than wolves and members of the dog family, at least five coyotes have been reported across New York since the start of the year, mobilizing police and attracting bemused press attention.
More commonly associated with the prairies and deserts of America’s Mid and Southwest, the eastern coyote looks like a German shepherd dog, but is half the weight and up to 1.5-meters (5-feet) long.
Of three sightings since March, the most striking was in Battery Park City, a gleaming residential complex in Lower Manhattan, close to the World Trade Center, last Saturday.
After an hour-long hunt, police finally cornered the animal near a cafe and sedated it with a dart.
On Monday, Queens resident Joe Petito snapped photographs of a coyote resting behind a bush right outside his front door.
Last month another coyote was spotted on the roof of a bar in Long Island City, elsewhere in Queens, but managed to evade capture.
New York’s department of parks says coyotes are common throughout the state, urban areas included.