NYPD Nabs Coyote on the Upper West Side | NBC New York

NYPD Nabs Coyote on the Upper West Side

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    Police have apprehended a wily intruder on the Upper West Side: a coyote.

    Armed with a tranquilizer gun, NYPD Emergency Services officers managed to humanely trap the beast at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.

    Officers cornered the female coyote, which they named Riva, inside a fenced-in basketball court in Riverside Park, but struggled to drug the animal because the tranquilizer darts continuously froze.

    The coyote was taken on Sunday to Animal Care & Control of NYC, where it was fed and examined by a veterinarian, city parks officials said.

    Riva was released into "an appropriate wilderness area in the Bronx" Sunday night, officials said.

    "Riva’s tour of Manhattan has come to a safe and beneficial conclusion," said Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver. "Her visit to Riverside Park is a potent reminder that our city is home to a great diversity of wildlife.”

    Most coyotes pose no danger to people, but shouldn't be approached.

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