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Have you heard? There are coyotes in New York! Coyotes! They have been seen in our fair city's green spaces, such as Central Park, prowling -- all coyote-like -- around Harlem and near Columbia University with their hungry, coyote eyes and bared, coyote fangs.
Now, scientists say that these carnivorous canines are pretty much harmless, and could actually be a good thing for NYC ecology, with one scientist telling the New York Times: "What happens is that when there's a top predator, it will help control other levels of the food chain."
But don't be lulled into a sense of false security: while old myths about coyote bites turning humans into werecoyotes probably aren't true, you should generally avoid petting packs of wild animals. However, if you live here, it's very likely that you have forgotten basic outdoorsy common sense. Runnin' Scared has put together brief survival guide to overcoming New York's wild beasts.
(Disclaimer: These tips might or might not actually work.)More »
In response to longtime concerns over how shelters and rescues treat animals, Assemblymember Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) has sponsored the Shelter Access Bill.
The proposed legislation has been in the works for several years. After intense debate -- including outcry from some "no-kill" animal rights and welfare groups -- a revamped version recently got the OK from the Assembly's agriculture committee, and will soon go before the codes committee. If it succeeds there, the bill will go before the entire Assembly.More »
The second-most hated urban animal will soon be booted from the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal.
The Daily News notes that pigeons have called the rundown station home for some time, but will be kicked out when the terminal undergoes $183 million in renovations this summer.
But what about the birds, you might ask?
The News notes that the flock of pigeons (presumably of a feather) has "taken up residence inside the depot and was spotted" -- get this -- "frolicking, foraging, flying -- and leaving unsanitary droppings."More »
Animal New York is reporting that "a very official looking work stop order and notice of violation" was posted on the space at Houston and Bowery in lower Manhattan. The new wall -- once the site of a Keith Haring mural -- is now, essentially, a giant and supposedly legal billboard for Fairey's show "May Day" at Deitch Projects.
by Adam Nadel for New York
But according to the city, it was done without permit, meaning someone better get to some paperwork and quick, or the whole thing must be torn down. Notice after the jump.More »