By: Jodi Westrick
It's said of New York that if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere - and perhaps that's what a coyote who was spotted in part of New York City's Riverside Park was thinking.
The park was shut down while authorities searched for the animal, according to ABC News.
New York isn't the only residential area that has been visited by coyotes. According to the same report, officials found a coyote den near a school in New Jersey and local residents have been approached by the animals, some even bitten.
Norwood, N.J., police stated that wildlife and animal control officials are doing their part by setting traps and putting more officers on patrol in areas where the animals have been spotted.
Keeping pets and pet food indoors at night can decrease the chances of a visit from a coyote, according to wildlife officials. Additionally, if you come face-to-face with one of these creatures, make loud noises, throw something that will scare it away, then make a call to authorities.
For more, check out the ABC News report.
Learn more about coyotes in the video below: