Other wildlife making a comeback in the New York City area include flying squirrels and river otters in Staten Island, red-tailed hawks and peregrine falcons, owls and even harbor seals. Aucoin mentioned a recent sighting of a seal hauled out on a rock near the Mayor's East Side residence, Gracie Mansion. "It's uncommon to see that anywhere, so it's especially great to see it here in New York City," she said.
As for our coyote friend? Aucoin says the coyote was released in a safe area, but she declined to give a specific location out of concern for the coyote's safety. She was given a clean bill of health, and Aucoin said that the last she saw of her, she was running off "just as we would hope a coyote would."
What can you do if you want to practice what Aucoin and the Urban Rangers call good wildlife etiquette? Here are some tips to keep urban wildlife wild:
– Observe from a distance.
– Never feed wildlife (including inadvertently by littering or leaving food scraps behind), as negative interactions occur when animals associate humans with food.