NYPD captures coyote roaming near Manhattan church

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CHELSEA, Manhattan (PIX11) -- A wily coyote wandering on the grounds of a Manhattan church was captured by the NYPD Tuesday morning.

The canine was spotted at the Holy Apostles Church on Ninth Ave. and W. 28th St. in Chelsea at about 8:45 a.m., police said. The "full grown" coyote evaded police capture until finally being hit by a tranquilizer dart, according to the Daily News. “He didn't want to get captured,” ESU Detective Robert Mirfield told the News. "We didn't want to spook it too much, have him run away and get lost. We tried our best to keep him contained.”

After dozing off, the coyote was brought to Animal Care and Control. The agency is working with the Parks Department and will be releasing the animal in a Bronx park.

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