Baffled New York Police Called to Grab Coyote at Museum


Museums can be vast and wonderful places. They are reservoirs of knowledge, history, and artifacts.

They may often be the territory of raucous field trips, but there’s no reason adults can’t enjoy them, too. Discovery has no age limit.

But there was an unexpected guest on Tuesday this past week at the New York State Museum in Albany. Maybe he’d been there a few minutes, maybe hours, maybe days.

The canine was trying to be as unobtrusive as possible, carefully curled up against a door on the fourth floor mezzanine of the museum.

Despite his efforts, he was still spotted, and it wasn’t long before authorities had been contacted and the fourth floor had been evacuated for the safety of all the patrons.

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The poor critter looked like he’d stepped out of an exhibit and wandered around — how else could a coyote have possibly ended up there?

At first, people were concerned that the animal was ill. Some said that he looked sick, but they weren’t experts and perhaps misread “napping” as “sick.”

Of course, the immediate thought that drifted into most people’s minds was that the mammal was rabid. Why else would he be so close to people, in a crowded public area?

Lt. Liza Bobseine with the DEC Conservation Police denied that the coyote appeared ill, but was still cautious.

“But any time there’s an animal out of place,” she said, “you have to wonder why and how it’s so close to people and what it’s doing there.”

After an initial failed attempt, the authorities regrouped and found another method to detain the coyote.

“They just tranquilized it and it peacefully drifted off to sleep which was fantastic,” said Bobseine. “That’s exactly what we wanted to have happen.”

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Despite the fact that many were shocked to see such a “wild” animal out and about, coyotes can often be scavenging within city limits.

Bobseine confirmed this, saying, “We have a lot of coyotes in Albany County. People are often surprised but they’re very adaptable and they really can make due in pretty close proximity to humans. It’s not all that shocking that one managed to turn up here.”

Just to be sure, the coyote was taken in and evaluated. They wanted to confirm that the animal was just a wanderer, not a carrier.

After being given the all-clear, the coyote was released back into the wild and can be seen scampering off into the trees. It was certainly a day the coyote, the patrons, and the DEC Conservation Police will not soon forget.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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