QUEENS — The wily coyote that evaded capture after it was spotted in Middle Village Monday was finally caught by authorities on Tuesday night, police said.
Middle Village residents first spotted the coyote around noon Monday. After a chase, the animal disappeared, police said.
"The coyote ran off when approached," tweeted 104th Precinct commander Capt. Mark Wachter. "If you see this animal please call 911."
Then, on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m., police responded to reports of a coyote sighting at 77th Place and Caldwell Avenue and managed to subdue the creature with a tranquilizer dart, police said.
They then turned the coyote over to Animal Care & Control, whose veterinarians determined the animal is a healthy female and around four years old, a spokeswoman from the organization said.
Other captured coyotes have been released into "wooded habitats," and arrangements were being made for the release of the Queens coyote, a spokeswoman for the Parks Department said. She did not specify what wooded areas in which she was referring.
Since January, there have been seven reported coyote sightings and four coyote captures. Experts say New Yorkers should get used to sharing their green spaces with the feral creatures because of a surging population in The Bronx.