Friday, March 31, 2006

NOT-SO-WILY COYOTE

The point goes to MIT in our continuing game of mortality. This time the dearly departed is Hal, a coyote who was caught in New York's Central Park, tagged for continued study -- and promptly died in the tagging process.

Wired wires has this:
The coyote stopped breathing Thursday night during the routine tagging procedure and biologists could not revive him, said Gabrielle DeMarco, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Pathologists were trying to determine whether the stress of his capture or captivity or something else contributed to the death of the year-old, 35-pound coyote.

The coyote, nicknamed Hal by park workers, led dozens of police officers on foot and in a helicopter on a wild chase through the urban greenery March 21 and 22. He jumped into the water, ducked under a bridge and leaped over an 8-foot fence.

Hal was finally caught when a police officer shot the animal with a tranquilizer dart.

Officials had taken Hal from a wildlife rehabilitation expert in Long Island on Thursday and had planned to release him in a state forest in upstate New York.
The best-laid plans and all.

2 comments:

Sandy Madison said...

Should have left the poor fellow alone. So what if a poodle disappeared every now and again?

Anonymous said...

A Warner Brothers spokesman quoted a despondent Road Runner as saying, "beep-beep."

Back to you, Ron...