Could it be that the coyote that captured New Yorkers hearts when he was capture amid a Central Park visit died from mistreatment? The Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating the cause of death for Hal, and some sources say he was "aggressively hogtied" when being transported from the city to an upstate wildlife center. Hal did have heartworms, but apparently Hal suffered internal bleeding when he died. Another hypothesis is that he might have eaten rat bait, and some people think that using a catch pole to capture him may have caused too much stress to his poor system (we read that he was 35 pounds, which sounds light to us).

Martha Stewart commented about Hal's death on her program today, awkwardly saying that the coyote should have been freed before he died (or something like that) and that NYC is a bad scary place.