A coyote was spotted early Wednesday morning in Riverside Park at 87th street, causing police to close off parts of the park and go on a search for the animal. The coyote was first spotted at 5:15 a.m., and then seen tramping South to 73rd street, according to the Daily News.
“The coyote headed south toward W. 73rd St. before scampering north to W. 91st St. where it was spotted sunning itself on a large rock by 6 a.m., according to officials.”
As many as four helicopters were hovering over the neighborhood as of 7 a.m. — some from NYPD, some from news stations.
The coyote was spotted again later in the morning at 112th street in the park, according to the 24th precinct.
Early morning dog-walkers like Sarah Kennedy had quite a shock: “The dog and I were turned back from our usual path this morning because there’s a coyote on the run from the cops in Riverside Park.”
Update: Coyote last seen around Grant’s Tomb (122nd street).
Second Update, 8:38 a.m.: Scanner traffic indicates they lost sight of the animal and have pulled back.
Third Update, 8:48: Looks like he got away! We heard this from the 24th precinct: “The coyote is deeply nestled in the brush. @NYPDnews operations have concluded. Thank you.”
We have proposed calling this coyote Dr. Richard Kimball, after the character in The Fugitive. The 24th precinct was willing to humor us:
@westsiderag The coyote actually told us that he did not kill his wife. Whatever that meant.
— NYPD 24th Precinct (@NYPD24Pct) April 22, 2015
All kidding aside: If you see the coyote, steer clear and call 911.
Riverside dr. Reports of Coyote. P officer says saw what looked like “medium sized dog” pic.twitter.com/gzCh1hL12Y
— Paul Murnane (@paulmurn) April 22, 2015
We will keep you updated as we hear more.
Another coyote was spotted and captured in Riverside a few months ago.
Thanks to Sunny for the tip and photo.