Where do you live?
If you live in New York City, you know it’s a big place with 5 boroughs. The city is much more than the busy Time Square that most New Yorkers (including coyotes) avoid at all costs. New York City is a city of parks: 13% of its land is covered with greenspace. It is possible to find quiet, out of the way bits of nature. That is where you may find a coyote.
Most of this land is in the “outer” boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. As of now, its’ the wooded park land of the Bronx that the majority of NYC’s coyotes call home. Our coyotes - like most coyotes - seek out woods and fields, areas with few humans and plenty of natural prey. The Bronx is also the only mainland borough and is attached to suburban Westchester County to the north. It’s easy for coyotes to get to the Bronx. The major waterways that separate the rest of the city from the mainland are probably the #1 reason we don’t see many coyotes in the rest of the city, but we are finding coyotes in Queens and Long Island more frequently in recent years and it is only a matter of time until they are more common there. That’s why our researchers and students from our affiliated high school programs monitor our parks twice a year using camera “traps.”