Coyotes have been spotted wandering areas of NYC as early as 1994, with proof of breeding groups first stablished in 2016, shares the journal. Carol Henger, an urban ecologist at Fordham University, estimates a total of 20-30 coyotes are currently residing in the city, reports the New York Times.
So where are they living in NYC you might ask? Well according to Urban Coyote Research, urban coyotes like to keep their distance from humans, choosing habitats in parks or wooded patches.
Specifically in NYC, Dr. Henger and Gotham Coyote Project, an organization of researchers, educators, and students studying the coyote population in NYC, discovered coyote feces mainly around green spaces in the Bronx and areas throughout Queens over a 10-year span, shares the New York Times. In recent years, NYC has also seen coyotes meandering in Central Park. So no, you won’t be catching one roaming down Fifth Avenue; we are merely coexisiting, said Dr. Henger.
As for diet, PeerJ’s report showed that “Urban Coyotes had a more species-rich diet than the non-urban coyotes.” From plants to rabbits, human scraps to rodents, urban coyotes actually have quite a diverse palette. And though only a limited amount of rats were traced in urban coyote feces according to Dr. Henger, at least something’s out there dealing with them!
You can read more about the report here.