NYPD warns of coyotes in Central Park, urges pet owners to be careful

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January 28, 2020 - 3:00 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- NYPD's Central Park precinct has warned New Yorkers of coyote sightings in the park, urging them to stay away and keep pets safe.

"Due to sightings of a Coyote in Central Park," the police tweeted. "Do not feed coyotes. Observe and appreciate coyotes from a distance. Protect your pets. If you are approached, make yourself look bigger by putting your arms up, and make loud noises."

Coyotes generally eat small creatures like rabbits and rodents, but can target small dogs.

In a follow-up to the first post, NYPD Central Park tweeted a photo of the coyote seeming to go after a cartoon Road Runner. "Coyote update!" the tweet reads. "We’ve discovered what’s attracting the Central Park coyote! Please follow the same strategy the Road Runner uses & avoid the coyote at all times. Meep! Meep! In all seriousness, please don’t go out of your way to chase for a photograph, give Wile E. space!

This is not the first example of a coyote in Manhattan. In December of 2018, a coyote was captured at Chelsea Piers.

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