doc martens safety shoes Animal rights activists want state officials to leave coyote roaming near LaGuardia alone
As NY1’s Natalie Duddridge reports some airport workers not only are rooting for the coyote they are trying to help the animal continue to roam free.
Dumbo is believed to be the last surviving member of the pack.
Officials say they simply want Dumbo captured so he can be brought to an animal sanctuary.
The workers and animal rights advocates don’t believe them.
“They claimed they were going to do that last time,” said airport employee Vashisht Maharaj. “And they come and try to kill him and be sneaky about it.
The workers shouted and threw rocks at Dumbo to make him run away.
“They said they were going to trap him and they were going to kill him and that wasn’t the agreement!” said airport employee Rob Cadiz.
Officials insist that’s not the case.
“He’s a beautiful animal and it’s a shame that there were others just like him they killed pointlessly because people’s fears about him,” Cadiz said.
Coyotes in the big city are unusual, but not unheard of. Two and a half years ago one roamed the West Side of Manhattan, another made it to a Long Island City rooftop.
Frank Vincenti heads the Wild Dog Foundation.
He says the coyotes are looking for land and food, and that police should just leave them alone.
“I never once felt threatened, they always ran from me,” Vincenti said. “It’s a tragedy ’cause it shows people are still not ready to co exist with wildlife.”