A coyote was captured earlier this morning in Chelsea, by Pier 59, after being spotted in Harlem and Hell's Kitchen.

The animal, apparently a 40-pound male, was reported to the police around 6:40 a.m., when it was near 40th Street and 11th Avenue. An NYPD spokesperson said that ESU officers caught up with the coyote near Chelsea Piers and shot it with a tranquilizer dart about an hour and a half later.

The Post reports, "The coyote was spotted prowling Harlem streets Saturday night before seemingly making its way downtown."

The coyote was taken to Animal Care Centers of NYC in Brooklyn. A spokesperson for NYC Animal Care Centers said, "This morning, the NYPD captured a coyote and transported it to Animal Care Centers of NYC in Brooklyn. The coyote was assessed and is healthy, and has been relocated to an appropriate habitat."

When coyotes were being spotted all over the city in 2015 (Long Island City and Middle Village in Queens; Stuy-Town, Upper West Side and Battery Park City in Manhattan), the Parks Department Tweeted some tips for "coexisting with coyotes":

1. Do Not Feed Coyotes. Keeping coyotes wild is the key to coexistence. Their life and your safety depend upon coyotes remaining naturally wary of people.

2. Remove Attractants. Store food, pet food, and garbage in animal proof containers. Do not leave food or garbage behind in a park.

3. Supervise Pets. Walk dogs on a leash and keep cats inside for safety.

4. Keep Coyotes Wary. If you are approached, act big and make loud noises until the coyote retreats.

5. Appreciate Coyotes. From a distance. Stay at least 150 feet (45 meters) or more from the animal.

During the 2015 coyote eruption, conservation biologist Mark Weckel, an educator at the American Museum of National History and co-founder of the Gotham Coyote Project, told us that Brooklyn and Queens were the "final frontier" for coyotes:

Basically, Long Island is the last large landmass in the United States without a breeding population of coyotes. That puts the New York City metropolitan area at the edge of this range expansion. There are going to be parts of Long Island, including some parts of Queens, where there might be suitable coyote habitat, meaning areas where coyotes could exist with minimal interactions with the public.

However, getting there from places like the Bronx, New Jersey, or Connecticut, where we know there are coyote populations, requires going through the urban landscape that is New York City. And individual coyotes, not knowing the greener pastures beyond, may not always make the right moves getting there. Those are the ones we're seeing.

Update: The 10th Precinct shared a photograph of the almost wily coyote: