Either the same coyote, or a new one, was just spotted again. On Saturday night around 11:30 p.m., three friends saw a coyote walking near the Reservoir at 90th Street just off of the loop road. Nancy Mendoza explained what happened:
“I was with two friends. We had been looking for the snowy owl, of course. We’d missed her on her perch at the northern pumphouse earlier that evening. We decided to leave after some hours of waiting and searching with no luck. We were walking north in between West Drive and the bridle path and there she or he was in the near distance walking away from us. It was around 90th street. It never saw us—just trotted slowly east toward the bridle path until out of view. The coyote has such an unmistakable lope and shape. We got great, clear views of it with our bins. I still can’t believe we get to be part of the handful of people who get to claim they have seen a coyote in Central Park. Maybe 2021 won’t be so bad after all.”
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If you see a coyote, here’s what the parks department says to do:
- 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.
- Protect your pets. Walk dogs on a leash and keep cats inside for safety. Do not allow your pets to play with or approach coyotes.
- Keep coyotes wary. If you are approached, make yourself look bigger by putting your arms up, and make loud noises until the coyote retreats.