New York is a concrete city populated by humans—for now. But is that a tire screech you hear, or a pack of coyotes howling at the moon, living in your old apartment, lying in wait? New, disturbing evidence out of Queens suggests we're running on borrowed time.

It's a real broken windows situation, according to the Daily News, which reports the coyotes have escalated from pickup basketball games and loitering on street corners to squatting in vacant apartment buildings and plotting to break into bars. The latest coyote is also "still at large" after successfully eluding police in Queens this weekend, so kind of a badass.

But maybe it's not as bad as it looks. Maybe he was a scrawny little thing that lost his way in the woods and just wants to find his way home.


"I'll tell you one thing, he was well-fed," Porter told the Daily News. "He wasn't one of the scrawny coyotes I've seen in my time."

He suspects the coyote was living in a vacant building next door and hopped through an open window onto the roof.

"He escaped two police officers, and he jumped on the roof adjacent to me and then jumped through the window" of the vacant building, Porter said, adding "he's still at large."

A chilling message. He's still at large. How do you lose a coyote in an urban city? If we can't track a wild animal through a concrete grid, what hope have we? None, I fear. The end is nigh.

[image via AP]

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