From Lower Man­hat­tan to Queens, coy­otes on the loose in New York

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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