It’s been a few years since a coyote was spotted in the neighborhood, but on Friday morning we got a tip from Jody Sherman saying that she had just seen one in Riverside Park.
“I spotted a coyote in Riverside Park at 84th Street on ‘Mount Tom’ this morning walking my dog.
It ran right in front of me, paused for a few seconds then bolted north. I tried to get a photo but missed it.
It looked very scared. Many other dog walkers saw it as well.”
Jody smartly focused on protecting herself and her dog, and didn’t take a picture. But that also means that we don’t have more definitive proof.
The parks department tells West Side Rag that it received a report of a coyote in the park. The 20th precinct had not heard of anything as of Friday morning.
If you did see the wily animal, let us know in the comments or email westsiderag at gmail!
If you should encounter a coyote, the Parks Department offered the following advice:
Unless there is a clear threat to public safety, there is no need to report coyote sightings to 911.
Do not feed coyotes. Keeping coyotes wild is the key to coexistence. Feeding coyotes can cause them to lose their natural hunting instincts and cause coyotes to associate humans with food.
Observe and appreciate coyotes from a distance. Though they may look similar to dogs, coyotes are wild animals. The best way to ensure both your safety and the safety of the coyote is to keep your distance.
Store all food and garbage in animal-proof containers. Coyotes are very resourceful, and will find ways into unsecured trash bins and pet food containers.
Protect your pets. Walk dogs on a leash and keep cats inside for safety.
Keep coyotes wary. If you are approached, make yourself look bigger by putting your arms up, and make loud noises until the coyote retreats. Appreciate coyotes from a distance.
To learn more about coyotes and to report a sighting, visit the Wildlife NYC website.