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Coyote spotted in park on Manhattan's Upper West Side

NEW YORK -- Police were investigating reports of a coyote sighting on the Upper West Side Wednesday morning.

Police say it was spotted around 5 a.m. Wednesday at Riverside Park along the Hudson River, between 96th and 79th streets.

CBS New York's chopper was over the scene at Riverside Park near Riverside Drive and 83rd Street where emergency service units were combing the area early Wednesday.

Police officers walking around with snares were also searching for the reported coyote, CBS New York reported.

Last week, police captured a coyote in the courtyard of a church in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. They used a dart gun to shoot the animal with a sedative. It was removed to an animal care facility.

Multiple dens of coyotes have also been found in suburban New Jersey communities.