You may not see them, but they’re there. More than 30 coyotes now call New York City home, and a new pilot project aims to find out just how these secretive creatures navigate a bustling metropolis relatively unseen.
Coyotes have been spotted all over the boroughs, from Central Park to LaGuardia Airport, Battery Park City to the Bronx.
The scientists and educators at Gotham Coyote have been studying coyotes, analyzing scat and tracking family lines with DNA. Using fitted radio collars and mounted cameras in parks, researchers have found 30-40 coyotes living in New York City, and reports from the coyotes show they primarily stay in natural areas such as parks and shorelines, away from buildings and people.