This Sleepy Coyote Is Twitter Famous in Albany
One nap in the state Capitol earned a clever coyote its own social media handle.
The coyote removed by DEC from the NYS State Museum rests in a carrying crate before being released Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
A not-so-wily coyote was set free in the wild on Thursday, March 29 after it was found dozing Tuesday on the roof of the New York State Museum in Albany. During its escapade, it earned its own Twitter handle: @BudgetCoyote.
Here's video of the coyote release today. It’s estimated NY has approx 14,500 breeding pairs of coyotes in New York, & not uncommon to see them in suburban and urban areas. Please enjoy viewing wildlife from a distance and never approach a coyote. https://t.co/UgzzK4twft pic.twitter.com/5kS8KYv7c9— NYSDEC (@NYSDEC) March 28, 2018
Video from @NYSDEC on Twitter.
Published reports said state troopers evacuated museum visitors on the terrace level floor at about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, after the coyote was spotted sleeping on the outdoor mezzanine (perhaps dreaming about catching a roadrunner?).
State police and wildlife biologists were left scratching their heads about how the animal found its way to the city center unscathed. The coyote was tranquilized, trapped, and evaluated at a Department of Environmental Conservation wildlife health lab overnight. After being deemed healthy, the furry pup was transported to the woods and released.
Since the museum is across Empire State Plaza from the Capitol, where legislators are wrangling with the state budget, it was inevitable that politics would play a part in the fun. The Twitter handle BudgetCoyote took the story and ran with it, adopting the coyote’s persona and posting — well — interesting tweets:
Heard there was pork. Feed me Albany.— Budget Coyote (@BudgetCoyote) March 27, 2018
Where’s everyone going. Where’s the pig? I can smell the porkiness... https://t.co/f7NVwqiXXt— Budget Coyote (@BudgetCoyote) March 27, 2018