Have you seen a coyote, a red fox, or a gray fox in NYC's five boroughs, Nassau, or Suffolk County? Please let us know! You can submit sightings of these animals via our citizen science effort, Gotham Canid Survey. The iNaturalist platform we are using allows easy entry of the location and uploading a picture of your sighting if you were able to take one.
Finding new places where these animals live is a very important part of our research, and while we can keep an eye on large greenspaces such as parks and nature preserves, it is impossible for us to look in every neighborhood, on every street corner, 24/7, across the City and Long Island.
Citizen sightings have helped us find new places where coyotes and fox live and have proven invaluable for our ongoing research. Our permanent page on this survey has info on identifying these species. Here is a direct link to the sightings survey for NYC and Long Island.
By Lisa Kirby
When a coyote turned up in Middle Village, Queens, on April 27, it was generally received as a freakish incident — but it wasn’t even the first sighting of 2015. This spring alone, the animals have appeared in Battery Park City, loping around the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in Chelsea, and on the roof of a bar in Long Island City. Like so many predators, they may be better suited to the urban environment than you’d expect. READ MORE
By Tove Danovich
As wild coyotes turn up everywhere from Central Park to Queens, one band of ecologists armed with tree-mounted cameras and cheese-scented lures seeks to understand just what these carnivorous canids are doing here. READ MORE
By Joanna Klein
The animals are moving into the city and suburbs to escape human hunters. READ MORE
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Coyotes remained on the run Thursday in both the suburbs and city, and residents remained on edge as they were warned of possible danger.
As CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported, at least one coyote has been spotted more than once now by CBS2 cameras running around Riverside Drive.Police Thursday night were searching Riverside Park once again for coyotes, following several sightings of what are likely multiple animals. READ MORE
By Jennifer Peltz
NEW YORK (AP) — One moseyed around Manhattan's East Village. Another was caught in trendy Chelsea. Yet another rambled through a Hudson River park this week.
Coyotes. READ MORE
Currently, Long Island, NY is without a breeding population of northeastern coyote (Canis latras var.), yet recent evidence of dispersing individuals on the island, coupled with the “dogged” momentum of coyote range expansion across North America, suggests a Long Island coyote population is close at hand. We highlighted the fleeting opportunity to takes advantage of this natural experiment by developing a multidisciplinary research framework to investigate the ecological and social impacts of the coyote, pre- and post- range expansion. We reviewed coyote spatial ecology, community ecology, and human dimensions research and identified three components of future investigation: predicting future occupancy, monitoring colonization, testing hypotheses of trophic cascades by leveraging and expanding existing ecological data, and exploring attitudes towards coyotes to better understand and mitigate human-wildlife conflicts. Each proposed component will integrate for a comprehensive investigation to advance theory and applied management of northeastern coyotes. READ MORE
By Lisa Foderara
On a cold, clear afternoon in Pelham Bay Park, the tracks were etched in the crusted snow, doglike but more oblong, the claws less prominent and, over all, more compact.
Coyotes. READ MORE
By Michael Dobie
Humans love tales of survival. We applaud perseverance. We admire those who use their wits to adapt to a changing world.
And yet, we dislike the coyote. READ MORE
Above, an Eastern coyote roams in the Appalachian Mountains. Photo Credit: iStock
By Laura Allen
As predators big and small push quickly into North American cities, biologists are following—and discovering how much we’ve underestimated them. READ MORE