A coyote was climbing around in Central Park over the weekend, according to a woman who snapped a shot of the animal while she was on a nature walk near Belvedere Castle. Deborah Allen posted the photo on Twitter.
— Deborah Allen (@DAllenNYC) March 25, 2019
Allen told Gothamist she was on a guided walk around 11 a.m. on Sunday when she saw it.
“When I realized it was a coyote,” she said, “I immediately took some photos. The coyote climbed up the rock below Belvedere Castle (Vista Rock) and disappeared from view. We weren’t able to see the coyote from Shakespeare Garden… [it] was inside the fenced construction area surrounding the castle. I think the reason the coyote appeared on the rock was that a couple of boys with fishing rods were inside the fenced area.”
There have been no reported sightings since then.
The parks department reminded people to stay away from any coyotes they see and call 311 (unless it’s an emergency when they should call 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.
We also received a report of a coyote sighting earlier this month in Riverside Park.