Coyotes in the Bronx? Yes, and they're likely here to stay

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Coyotes are not strangers to the Bronx.

While residents may not think of the Bronx as a breeding ground for wild animals, some parts of the borough are just that. Ferdie Yau studies coyotes and how they survive in the city.

"They're basically here to stay," Yau says of coyotes. "If we get rid of them, more are just going to come."

Wave Hill hosted its annual "Hoot and Howl" event Saturday, where images of coyotes and other wildlife that were captured on cameras in the borough's woodlands were on display.

The prospect of coyotes in the Bronx might be unsettling to some residents, including pet owners, but experts have some insights to share.

"The important thing to remember is that human and coyote conflicts are very rare, and we want to make sure people are understand they are of great benefit to the environment and urban landscape," Jennifer Brinker, director of education with the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum.

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