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Tarrytown Police: Injured Coyote on the Run

What appears to be one injured coyote was sighted numerous times around the village in last week's police reports but hasn't been heard from since.

Some weeks are more coyote-centric in the Tarrytown Police blotters than others. Last week, police spent a good amount of time tracking down what seems to be just one injured animal on the run.

On Sept. 13 at 11:50 p.m. a caller reported seeing a coyote, possibly sick, in front of Castle Heights Avenue. The animal was gone on arrival, as it would be for several other calls that came in on this day and others following.

Other callers noted a possibly injured coyote

  • on Sept. 13 at 2:39 p.m. on Irving Avenue by Neperan Road
  • on Sept. 14 at 10:02 a.m. on the sports field of EF School
  • on Sept. 16 at 12:33 p.m. in front of Hitachi in the field on Prospect Avenue. Police confirmed here that the animal seemed to be moving around okay but with an injured leg.
  • on Sept. 18 at 8:15 a.m. on Hitachi property

This latest caller was informed that there wasn't much the Tarrytown Police could do at this point and was referred to the Greenburgh animal warden. Police soon received a call from Greenburgh PD requesting an officer meet the animal control officer at the Hitachi to see if the animal needed to be put down.

Officers reported they attempted to approach the coyote, as they had done previously this week, and it walked away, making it impossible to shoot it in a safe manner.

It did appear, noted Tarrytown Police, that the animal had a broken rear leg.

The Department of Environmental Conservation was notified and they advised police that the animal be left alone, and to let “nature take its course.” Once the animal is unable to move or walk on its own, the DEC said, it should be destroyed. 

So far, whichever course nature has taken is unknown to the Tarrytown Police as Lieutenant William Herguth reports they haven't received any further calls about the coyote since the last sighting on Sept. 18. 

Herguth said it's rare police would have to shoot a coyote, and he doesn't recall doing so on his watch. "You take a big chance [trying to shoot the animal], in a populated area, you certainly don't want to if you don't have to," he said.

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Have you seen this coyote? Is it still on the loose? Tell us in the comments.

Rich September 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Krista - The past two mornings (9/24 & 9/25) a coyote was seen in and around the area of Tarryhill Road and Lyndhurst. There was no indication that the coyote was injured.
Krista Madsen (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Sounds like a different one.
Frank Vincenti September 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM
in regards to the injured coyote, they may very often get hit by cars or injured trying to escape people or even running on uneven terrain despite being very agile, they could certainly survive on three legs no problem, the rest of the family group would provide for it as well, as long as noone feeds it all is well, that is the price of life in the wild. Frank Vincenti Wild Dog Foundation I will be speaking at the Greenburgh Nature Center on October 7 at 11 am and I do know a wildlife rehab specialist close by if it is caught
joy September 26, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I agree with you -- they could certainly survive on three legs as long as noone feeds it all is well. But, if you choose to catch, it can be rehabbed.
Joan Webster September 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Is there trapping allowed in the vicinity? Though it's probably more common to get a front leg injury, I'm sure it's possible the coyote may have injured it's leg by attempting to escape from a leghold trap. If so, let's hope it doesn't happen to our pets....or kids!
Patricia September 26, 2012 at 07:01 PM
You need to get permission to trap. The wildlife should be left alone if possible. I am not sure why everyone feels the need to get so involved with this coyote or any wildlife for that matter, just observe and enjoy.
Heron September 26, 2012 at 08:00 PM
What happens if someone feeds it?
Frank Vincenti September 27, 2012 at 02:49 AM
do not feed any wildlife that may have become compromised by injury as it leads to habituation and the potential to approach people for food, it will naturally avoid humans , especially now with it's injury , and like I said, it should be able to forage for food quite capably even on three legs, the rest of the pack will also look after it as well, I've seen coyotes with compound fractures still surviving well, they're tough. The Wild Dog Foundation
Ken Dalton September 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Small dogs and cats are a food favorite of coyotes so make sure your pets are protected especially at dawn and dusk when there most active.....
Heron September 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Thank you.
Ken October 17, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Injured coyote seen October 16 on Broadway (Tarrytown), looks like feeding well. wild Turkeys are also in the area.
Krista Madsen (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 04:27 PM
And as we'll see in a report I'm writing for tomorrow - much deer death this time of year (breeding season) and one coyote was spotting feeding on one.
joy October 17, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Yes, we will see turkey, deer and coyotes often around here, let them be but do drive carefully.
Krista Madsen (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Good tips on this from Chief Brown on the way as well.
Rich November 15, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Last evening at about 6PM there was a very large coyote at the insection of Broadway and Prospect Ave. He/she seemed to be trying to cross Broadway towards the apartments.

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