This is so disgraceful, and so heartbreaking .... 
A few years ago there was outrage over the City's 
mishandling of a lone coyote who'd wandered into 
Central Park. Then there was the horror of the 
Feds slaughter of hundreds of geese in New York 
City Parks (including Prospect Park). Here the 
Feds -- and what is their relationship with city 
officials here? -- "euthanize" a family of 
coyotes living peacefully with human workers at LaGuardia.

A much shorter version of this article appeared 
in the print version of the NY Daily News the day 
after the elections. (Apparently there were a 
number of articles over the last weeks leading up to this "capture".)


Feds capture and euthanize coyote family of five living near LaGuardia Airport

The Port Authority and New York and New Jersey 
said the coyotes posed a hazard to their workers and local residents.

L. Colangelo<>

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 4:49 PM

A family of coyotes living near LaGuardia Airport 
were captured and euthanized, officials said Tuesday.

Workers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture 
had been staking out the critters for several 
days in the area around the airport. The Port 
Authority of New York and New Jersey said the 
coyotes posed a hazard to their workers and local residents.

"Last night, five coyotes were located and 
euthanized to help keep airport travelers, 
workers and nearby residents safe after the 
coyotes became acclimated to humans, increasing 
the possibility of an attack," the agency said in 
a statement on Tuesday. "The actions were in 
accordance with the law for handling such situations."

The news was heartbreaking for Frank Vincenti of 
the Wild Dog Foundation, who had been tracking 
the family since they first appeared this summer.

At one point he counted as many as eight pups and three adults.

"I heard the father howling and barking last 
night," said Vincenti. "I saw one pup running 
through the Rikers Island parking lot (on Hazen 
Street) with his tail between his legs."

Vincenti had been trying to humanely discourage 
the coyotes from coming near people. But workers 
at the parking lot and nearby cemeteries had been 
feeding the naturally shy animals.

"I thought I could make a difference," he said.
Workers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture had been stakin

The appearance of the coyotes had sharply divided 
many people in the animal rescue community.

Rescuers tending to a feral cat colony at the 
nearby Bowery Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant in 
Astoria were recently barred from bringing food 
because officials thought it would attract the 
coyotes. They claimed the cats were starving.

But others, who said the cats appeared to be able 
to come and go from the plant property, said the 
coyotes should have been left alone or humanely 
trapped and moved to a sanctuary.

Last week, philanthropist Jean Shafiroff offered 
to fund the relocation of the coyotes but the 
state Department of Environmental Conservation 
said the animals could not be trapped and released.

"When animals like coyotes become habituated to 
humans, relocation is not feasible as the animals 
will continue to cause problems once relocated," the DEC said in a statement.

The debate over coyotes comes as they have been 
spotted more frequently around the Bronx, Queens 
and Manhattan. While the city recently launched a 
new public awareness campaign urging New Yorkers 
to learn to live with urban wildlife and keep 
their distance  there is no current policy for dealing with coyotes.