The coyote spotted in NYC’s Riverside Park on Wednesday is still on the loose today and the creature is extremely skilled at evading the police. This coyote is one of many coyotes that have made their way to the streets of NYC, sweeping through neighborhoods and business areas. This one is giving the cops a run for their money as it is not easy to corner!
According to a witness who saw the coyote running back and forth in the area of the park, the creature looked as if it was chasing a dog off its leash, but it was running from the cops. News Max on April 22 reports that after this witness eyed the coyote run north then turn and run south he realized it was the cops the creature was running from when the next thing that came into his view was “all these cop cars chasing it.”
CBS News reports there’s a growing concern over the coyotes roaming the streets of NYC. Officials are worried that they are adapting to the surroundings of the inner city. Wildlife officials report an “alarming” number of sightings of these coyotes. They’ve been seen running across rooftops, down city streets and nestling in city parks. Check out the slideshow for pictures of a coyote roaming the streets of NYC during the day and in the dark of night!
These coyotes roaming the city appear to be less afraid of humans as time goes on. According to Animal Planet’s predator expert, Dave Salmoni, he thinks that coyotes are a “very low-risk animal for people. He said the coyote is a very “nervous” and “skittish” animal which means it is going to stay clear of a human if they happen upon one. One NYC mom got a snapshot of the coyote as it crossed the road in front of her as she was taking her child to school.
Concern is on the rise regarding city coyotes after a coyote attacked a man walking his dog in neighboring New Jersey on Sunday. There were two coyotes police were chasing, one of the coyotes started to chew on the police car tires. One was caught, but one is still on the loose and to make matters worse, the captured coyote tested positive for rabies.
It sounds as if those skittish and nervous coyotes are getting more brazen than originally thought possible. Norwood, New Jersey, Police Chief Jeff Krapels joined in on the search for the two coyotes in New Jersey and he said it is the coyotes that are sick and the ones that have become aggressive that worry the police today.
The NYC coyote remains at large today and NYC wildlife officials believe the animal is healthy and probably hiding out in its den when not seen. According to News Max, NYC residents were asked to stay away from the area of Grant’s Tomb, which is where the coyote was last seen.