Five Scarsdale residents reported seeing a large, healthy coyote scampering around several residential neighborhoods in the village Monday.
Scarsdale village police were called to Catherine Road twice, where they spotted the coyote which appeared non-aggressive. Both times it scurried away, police said.
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Scarsdale Detective Lt. Bryant G. Clark believes that the five residents all saw the same animal, although some of the homes are miles apart.
The first sighting was at 180 Brewster Road at 7:11 a.m., where the coyote was spotted heading toward Post Road. The second was at 1:41 p.m. on Wynmore Road where a resident said he saw a large coyote in his back yard. At 2:32 p.m. a Farragut Road woman called police to say a coyote ran through her back yard toward Carthage Road. At 4:36 p.m. the coyote was spotted at 99 Catherine Road and the last reported sighting was at 7:31 p.m. at 87 Catherine Road.
Clark said as long as the animal is not sick or aggressive, police action is not necessary.
Kim Meyers said her husband, Evan, saw the coyote in the back yard of their 99 Catherine Road home. She said she worries about their dog.
Meyers’ dog is confined to their property by an electronic fence, like her neighhbors’ pets, she said.
When Scarsdale police arrived at Meyers’ home, the officer flushed out the coyote from the back yard and it ran through the woods. The officer believed the coyote was on Meyers’ property trying to catch small rodents.
Jonathan Carter, 22, spotted the coyote after returning to his Catherine Road home at 7:31 p.m. after going out to dinner.
“It was pretty casual,” said Carter, of the animal’s attitude. “It was large. It looked like a big fox or dog.”
Carter called the police on his cell phone. He also notified his neighbor whose property the coyote “gallivanted” onto, because the family has a small dog, Carter said.
“It is pretty worrisome,” Carter said. “It is clearly looking for food. (Officials) don’t need to kill it, but they can put it in a remote area.”