Search for coyote spotted on Upper West Side ends without capture

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MANHATTAN (PIX11) -- After scouring the Upper West Side for more than an hour, officers have ended their search for a wayward coyote without capturing the creature, authorities said.

The wild animal was last spotted by Grant's Tomb in Riverside Park before it disappeared from officers' view, NYPD said in a tweet.

Calls came in starting about 6 a.m. that what looked like a coyote was seen roaming Riverside Park, along Riverside Drive in the upper 80s.

Police crews stationed along Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side during a search for a possible coyote on April 22, 2015. (Photo: Anthony DiLorenzo, PIX11 News)

Police crews stationed along Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side during a search for a possible coyote on April 22, 2015. (Photo: Anthony DiLorenzo, PIX11 News)

Armed with tranquilizer guns, crews on the ground and in the air tracked the coyote north for more than 30 blocks but to no avail.

At 7:30 a.m., search teams were disassembled when they lost sight of the animal.

Police said there is no indication that the coyote was acting aggressively toward people or pets.

There has been a spate of coyote sightings in recent weeks and at least two attacks in New Jersey.

A man was bitten April 19 by a coyote while walking his dog in Norwood, N.J. Stephen Sinisi drove himself to the hospital and began rabies treatment as a precaution. A coyote, possibly the one who bit Sinisi, was captured Tuesday and taken to a state lab for testing.

A coyote that attacked a man earlier this month in Saddle River -- about 9 miles west of where Sinisi was attacked -- tested positive for rabies after it was captured and euthanized, authorities said.

Residents living in the neighborhoods where attacks have happened are urged to keep their children and pets inside for at least a week and be aware of their surroundings.

Last month, a coyote was spied on the roof of L.I.C. Bar in Queens.

PIX11 News' Anthony DiLorenzo contributed to this report.