A Wild Coyote Was Captured in Chelsea

April 14, 2015 | Liam Mathews

Just two weeks after a coyote was spotted on the roof of a bar in Long Island City, DNAinfo reports that police cornered and tranquilized a coyote that somehow ended up in the vicinity of 9th Avenue and West 28th Street on Tuesday morning.

DNAinfo, who has video of the coyote in flight, quoted a man who was on the scene of the candid capture:

“He seemed panicked. He was running around. He looked like a big dog, a lost dog. He was knee-high, I would say,” said Edrice Jean Baptiste, 26, who works in the [Holy Apostles] soup kitchen. “I was like, ‘Oh my, God! Where did he come from? We’re in the middle of the city!'”

The coyote was lurking in the garden around the Holy Apostles Church, where police were able to shoot it with some tranquilizer darts. It was then taken to the ASPCA on the Upper East Side.

This is at least the fourth coyote sighting in a densely-populated part of the city so far this year.

NYPD Special Ops shared a photo of the captured coyote on Twitter:

(Photo: Laura Kali)