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Coyote spotted in Middle Village still on the loose

By Eric Jankiewicz

Add Middle Village to the list of coyote habitats.

A coyote that has evaded police since the early morning in Middle Village was still running through the borough as of Monday afternoon.

The coyote was in Juniper Valley Park, according to witnesses, when the police chased it out and cornered it in front of a house on 6222 Elliot Ave., where witnesses observed it curled up and, they said, it appeared to be sleeping.

The 104th precinct tweeted about the coyote being trapped at 8 a.m,. but they still haven’t caught the creature, according to a police spokesman.

“Officers are following a coyote in the Middle Village area,” the spokesman said. “It’s still out there. We haven’t found it.”

The spokesman said that an Emergency Services Unit was dispatches to the Queens neighborhood.

This sighting makes it the sixth in the city this year and the second one in Queens, after a coyote was spotted in Long Island City last month. That coyote also wasn’t caught.

Reach reporter Eric Jankiewicz by e-mail at ejankiewicz@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

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