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Coyote moves into Hunters Point, gets stuck on roof outside LIC Bar

Source: M Quigley

Source: M Quigley

March 30, 2015 By Christian Murray

A coyote has taken up residence in Long Island City and has been stuck on the roof of LIC Bar all day.

The tenants who live above LIC Bar discovered the wild animal this morning when they saw it from their back window, according to Brian Porter, the owner of the bar.

Porter said that they think the coyote entered via a broken window from the old Paragon Paint building and couldn’t get back inside the old building.

He said the animal look in good condition. “It looked well fed, it wasn’t a scrawny thing.”

Porter said that two police officers from the precinct have come to the scene and have called in animal control. The officers and Porter were surprised to find the coyote since they haven’t seen one in Long Island City before.

Matt Quigley, with Plaxall, took photos from his building and said it’s been a very long time that a coyote has been spotted in Long Island City.

A veterinarian from Citi Vet went up on the roof to see whether it was a wild dog or a coyote. She climbed up and took a look and made a hasty retreat.

Source: M Quigley

Source: M Quigley



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[…] It was not clear whether the coyote captured on Saturday was the same one that had been spotted near Grant’s Tomb in Riverside Park on Wednesday or at Lincoln Center, more than 60 blocks away, a day later. There have been a large number of coyotes sighted across the city this spring, including one that managed to get onto the roof of a bar in Queens. […]


Lic bar sucks now. Used to be a good spot but music isn’t as good as used to be and the crowd is snobby now

chris nagy

Hi everyone – I’m a biologist studying coyotes in NYC. You can learn more about our work here:

We also run a sightings website where people can submit sightings of coyotes as well as foxes in NYC and Long Island. Please submit sightings like these to our database — this is the most effective way for us to find these critters in urban areas, and sightings in new places such as these are very important to our work.

The coyote here likely arrived by following the slightly less developed shoreline from the Bronx through Astoria. We also suspect they do in fact use train tracks as corridors, but probably not the elevated trains in this area of the City.

Coyotes can disperse hundreds of miles so this coyote could be from almost anywhere — although we are monitoring several family groups in the Bronx so that seems most likely.



Chris any reason we have coyotes in NYC but rarely see foxes? Foxes are in the suburbs but I never hear of any in the boroughs. London has foxes… So what gives? We need more rat eaters…


The Garret’s have already filed a grievance against Mother Nature for letting its children roam in the outdoor space of the bar.


The coyote could have come from as near as Yonkers. Since it was in a abandoned warehouse, anything is possible especially pet, coyotes travel in packs and it seemed very well fed, no stray cats, pigeons in the area so it is eating well. Let’s not forget that Staten Island has over 800 white tail deer and tons of wild turkey. So it is possible for a coyote to travel long distances.


I’d like to hear the experts explain how it got here. From Long Island? along the RR tracks? I didn’t think they had any on the island. From Amtrack railway?


Could be from the Bronx… The live right at the foot of the Whitestone Bridge. It’s an easy swim for them. However there are coyotes on the extreme end Suffolk County. They assume they swam over from Fisher Island…


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