By Nina Mandell
MANHATTAN — Columbia University students should keep an eye out on their way to class as at least one coyote was spotted lurking outside a campus building.
The wily animal was spied in front of Lewisohn hall on Sunday. A campus police officer saw it with two other animals, the university said in a statement to students.
The NYPD was called in and officers confirmed it was a coyote. Shortly thereafter, the coyote fled the campus, the statement said. There was another unconfirmed sighting hours later, but it wasn't clear whether it was the same coyote.
Campus officers were advised that if they see any coyotes that they call it in and "maintain a visual" on the animal, but not approach it, the statement said.
Students are advised to call Columbia's Public Safety office immediately at 212-854-5555 if they see a coyote
This is not the first time a coyote has been spotted in Manhattan this year. One of the animals was caught and tranquilized on 155th Street and Broadway on Jan. 21.