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Coyote Triggers Police Hunt In Manhattan

  • Mary Nichols , Design & Trend Contributor
  • Apr, 24, 2015, 03:10 PM
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(Photo : Getty Images/David McNew) The coyote invasion into urban areas such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles shows their ability to adapt to environments where there is an abundance of food

A Coyote roaming in an exclusive Manhattan neighborhood triggered a massive police hunt that shut down Riverside Park before moving to Columbia University and Grants Tomb.

Before this latest sighting, coyotes have shown up in recent weeks in the Bronx and Queens as well as suburban New Jersey, and wildlife experts says the predators are becoming increasingly comfortable in cities, which offer more opportunities to hunt for prey, writes Stuff.

The New York City Police Department searched Riverside Park with helicopters and ground units for several hours after a pre-dawn sighting on Wednesday of a coyote on Manhattan's West Side.

By mid-afternoon the coyote was still at large and the search called off.

"He's in the wind," said Detective Martin Speechley, a police department spokesman.

Earlier this month, another coyote was captured in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood and two coyote attacks were reported in suburban Bergen County, New Jersey.

The coyote invasion into urban areas such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles shows their ability to adapt to environments where there is an abundance of food including mice, squirrels, rabbits and, sometimes, pet cats, said Roland Kays, a zoologist at North Carolina State University who studies wildlife in urban areas.

"They are finding the urban areas that have little scraps of habitat that they can making a living in," Kays said.
If Manhattan's newest resident is caught and found to be healthy, city park rangers and animal control officers will release the coyote "into a wilderness area in a Bronx park," said Tara Kiernan, spokesperson for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Many New Yorkers turned to social media to make light of the coyote situation, which included some Twitter users making comparisons to Dr Richard Kimble, star of the Fugitive television series, who escaped after being wrongly convicted of his wife's murder and then sought a one-armed man who was the real killer.

 


 

 

"So, the little guy snuck away? And can we call him Dr Richard Kimball after The Fugitive?" @westsiderag asked the police department's 24th Precinct on Twitter.

"The coyote actually told us that he did not kill his wife. Whatever that meant," @NYPD24Pct tweeted back.

"You need to look for the coyote with the prosthetic paw!" responded @westsiderag.

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