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Elusive Middle Village coyote’s freedom days end

By Eric Jankiewicz

This story doesn’t have a Roadrunner—and in the end it’s the coyote that gets caught.

The coyote of Middle Village managed to elude the police for more than a day after it was first spotted Monday in the neighborhood. But police succeeded in trapping the coyote Tuesday night, according to a spokesman for the 104th precinct.

Police may not have had Acme products from the cartoon, but with the use of Emergency Service Units, animal control and sedative darts, police were able to trap the coyote around Caldwell Avenue and 77th Place.

According to the spokesman, someone called the police after spotting the coyote. It was then placed in a cage and handed over to animal control.

The coyote originally evaded police even though it was cornered nearby at 6222 Elliot Ave.

“He might have gotten away once, but not today,” said Capt. Mark Wachter, the 104th Precinct commanding officer, via Twitter.

There is still an unaccounted Queens coyote that was spotted last month in Long Island City. Authorities do not know if the coyote caught in Middle Village is the same one that was spotted in Long Island City on the roof of a bar.

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

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