Last year a "coyote hybrid" was spotted in Queens, and now residents in Harlem have their own wily creature roaming the streets. CNN reports that Wednesday morning, around 9:30 a.m., some frightened locals called in a sighting to the NYPD. An emergency service unit was sent to track the animal down, and they cornered her in Trinity Cemetery on 155th and Broadway, where she was tranquilized.
The coyote is currently under evaluation by the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo. The WCS's Mary Dixon says she is about 1 or 2 years old, and following their observation the Department of Environmental Conservation will either send her to a rescue center or set her free into the wild.
New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe says, "This is actually the third coyote that has been seen in the last 10 years," and he believes they make their way from Westchester down the Amtrak rail corridor, or swim down the Hudson. One local Twittered, "they callin it a coyote but i know better that was a harlem rat."