By Scott R. Axelrod
Staten Island Advance, NY
STATEN ISLAND, NY – A city-based coyote appeared to be having a pretty “high” day before members of the NYPD came in to intervene.
According to tweets posted on Manhattan’s 19th Precinct’s twitter page, officers responding to a call of a distressed “dog” battling river currents on Monday ended up pulling a coyote from the river.
In a video, the waterlogged, shivering pup can be seen being pulled onto an NYPD dock boat using a dog leash.
“Coyotes are common in NYC, but one swimming in the East River is not,” the post read. “Thanks to NYPD Harbor for coming to the rescue – he is now in the care of vets.”
Coyotes are common in NYC, but a swimmer in the East River is not!
Our officers responded to a call of a distressed “dog” fighting river currents, only to realize it was actually a coyote! Thanks to NYPD Harbor for coming to the rescue – he is now in the care of vets. pic.twitter.com/6t4TCUWlL7
— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) 10 April 2023
Around this time last year, Advance/SILive.com reported that sightings confirmed at least one coyote was living on Staten Island, according to wildlife experts from the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, who stressed the wild animal was not a threat to humans.
From coast to coast, coyotes have become a fact of life in American cities, according to the National Wildlife Federation, and the total number of urban coyotes in the United States may be anywhere from 1 million to 10 million.
“Over the past several decades, coyotes have expanded their natural range in response to abundant food and open habitat,” said Anessa Hodgson, a spokeswoman for the Parks Department, noting that coyotes also live in the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan.
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