And there he is, up above! Handsome guy.
I want to repeat, though, I still want a small pack of wolves in the park.
I got this news from West Side Rag, which helpfully included a message from the Parks Department about what we all should do if we run into Mr. Coyote:
The parks department reminded people to stay away from any coyotes they see and call 311 (unless it’s an emergency when they should call 911.
- Do not feed coyotes. Keeping coyotes wild is the key to coexistence. Feeding coyotes can cause them to lose their natural hunting instincts and cause coyotes to associate humans with food.
- Observe and appreciate coyotes from a distance. Though they may look similar to dogs, coyotes are wild animals. The best way to ensure both your safety and the safety of the coyote is to keep your distance.
- Store all food and garbage in animal-proof containers. Coyotes are very resourceful, and will find ways into unsecured trash bins and pet food containers.
- Protect your pets. Walk dogs on a leash and keep cats inside for safety.
- Keep coyotes wary. If you are approached, make yourself look bigger by putting your arms up, and make loud noises until the coyote retreats. Appreciate coyotes from a distance.
We also received a report of a coyote sighting earlier this month in Riverside Park.