Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Having recently commented on the procreative efforts of Pale Male and Lola, the famous redtails of Central Park, it only seems appropriate to mention the recent appearance of a coyote (canis latrans) in Frederick Law Olmstead's urban oasis. The year-old male coyote was first spotted in the park near Manhattan's Upper East Side. Newspapers are reporting that Hal, as park officials dubbed the little feller, led his pursuers on a "merry chase" through the city's midsection before being captured somewhere north of the skating rink. Most New Yorkers seemed happy to see him. One man interviewed by Reuters said, "The last thing I'm worried about in New York is a coyote. I wonder if the coyote is worried about us. It's New York. Check its papers and let it go." For its own good, however, park officials say they will relocate the wily pup to the countryside.