Coyote in Central Park
A coyote is on the run in Central Park.
As of yesterday, unsubstantiated reports claimed that park workers were trying to capture him. Sadly, given the raccoon rabies epidemic in the park, officials will surely have to be concerned about the coyote being infected. In the past, he might have been released in a more coyote-friendly location. Is that still an option? We hope so, perhaps after a period of quarantine to ensure health. Testing for rabies requires brain tissue and is always performed postmortem.
Poor fellow, I hope he has a good run.
Coyotes are frequent visitors to the Bronx, but how fantastic to have a large wild mammal running free in the heart of Manhattan.
For more about urban coyotes, here is a brief article with links to some interesting research projects: Urban Wildlife–Coyotes Adapt to Big City Living. The amazing Bruce Yolton has posted photos on Urban Hawks of Central Park’s coyote who cuts a slim, scruffy yet somewhat elegant figure.
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UPDATE: Three coyotes have been spotted on the Columbia University campus in Morningside Heights. Read more about Manhattan’s coyotes.Explore posts in the same categories: coyotes, February, In the City, strange encounters, Wildlife/Natural History comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.