I don’t get it. TLC for a Coyote, while they shoot us and our pets.
You’ve heard of The Wolf of Wall Street, but what about The Coyote of Riverside Park?
This weekend, NYPD officers took to upper Manhattan in freezing cold temperatures to capture a coyote on the loose, the Associated Press reports.
After several sightings of the same animal over the last two weeks, officers armed with tranquilizer guns first spotted the coyote at 8:30 p.m. local time Saturday, PIX 11 says.
Two hours later, the NYPD had the coyote cornered in Riverside Park, but severe cold complicated the capture, according to the official Twitter of the 24th Precinct:
Sorry for the delay-took a while. Had it corralled inside fenced-in BB court, but so cold out, the tranquilizer in the darts kept freezing!
— NYPD 24th Precinct (@NYPD24Pct) January 11, 2015
Eventually, however, officers were able to restrain the critter.
As NBC 4 reports, police took the coyote to Animal Care & Control on Sunday to be checked by a veterinarian, but not before giving the unusual visitor a name: Riva.
“Riva’s tour of Manhattan has come to a safe and beneficial conclusion,” NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver told NBC 4. “Her visit to Riverside Park is a potent reminder that our city is home to a great diversity of wildlife,”
Sunday night, officers released Riva into a wilderness area of the Bronx.
According to the AP, the last time a coyote was caught and released in New York City was in 2013.