Take a stroll through Central Park and you never know what you'll encounter. Recently, a snowy owl ruffled many feathers. Now, coyote sightings are delighting wildlife enthusiasts; CBS2's Vanessa Murdock reports.
- Well, if you were to take a stroll through Central Park, you never know what you're going to find.
- No. Recently, a snowy owl ruffled many feathers. Well, now, coyote sightings are delighting wildlife enthusiasts. CBS2's Vanessa Murdock reports.
VANESSA MURDOCK: Something unusual caught on camera.
- A coyote in Central Park.
VANESSA MURDOCK: As if he heard his name called, the coyote pauses, turns to look toward the source.
- I keep recording, and it keeps walking. And then it stopped again and looked at me again, which was really cool.
VANESSA MURDOCK: Beny rolled, as the elusive creature paraded in plain sight.
- I saw the coyote coming up the hill.
VANESSA MURDOCK: Tells us he was taking a stroll Monday night around Conservatory Water when he spotted it. Says it looked like a big dog.
- How is it possible that there's a coyote in Central Park?
VANESSA MURDOCK: Thinks he eyed it once before in January. Same spot, but no time to grab the cell phone.
CAROL TYLER: It's got a great coat. It's not skinny. It looks pretty healthy to me.
VANESSA MURDOCK: Looks healthy, says Animal Control Officer Carol Tyler. That means behaving normally and doesn't pose a threat to humans. Tells us Beny spotting one in Central Park doesn't surprise her at all. This place has everything one coyote could need-- plenty of places to hide and sleep and an extensive food supply.
CAROL TYLER: Natural food, such as duck and geese that are being fed and are well fed and nice and plump right now, to garbage from humans who have been in the park. They're not there to chase humans.
VANESSA MURDOCK: The New York City Parks Department says New Yorkers shouldn't worry, sends out word there is only one coyote and no reason to believe the population has increased. Sighting numbers are impressive though. In 2020, 34 coyote sightings reported. Since 2016, a total of 126.
- I think it's wild.
VANESSA MURDOCK: [? Desh ?] [? Clemente ?] says she read the news.
- I just found it funny because it had a note that says don't feed it, don't pet it, so--
VANESSA MURDOCK: Did you do those things?
- No, of course not.
- I will look out for the coyote.
VANESSA MURDOCK: You might spot it, but will you be lucky enough to catch it on camera? From Central Park, Vanessa Murdock, CBS2 News.
- Carol Tyler adds that coyotes lived in Central Park before it had a name. Seeing them indicates a healthy ecosystem.
- And these days, nothing surprises.
- Absolutely nothing.