Coyote urban: New video shows coyote attempting to elude NYPD in Lower Manhattan

Coyote urban: New video shows coyote attempting to elude NYPD in Lower Manhattan

Another coyote sighting prompted a police chase in Lower Manhattan Saturday morning.

The female animal gallivanted around Battery Park City for about an hour before cops could put the animal to sleep on the restaurant’s terrace overlooking the Hudson River, according to an email from the NYPD with the subject line, “1st Pct. Coyote.”

“This was the first time we had a wild animal trying to dine with us,” said Richard Cohn, co-owner of the Merchants River House restaurant at 375 South End Ave., whose kitchen staff took refuge inside as the coyote pranced outdoors. “Only service animals are really allowed to dine with us.”

Reports of the coyote sighting first came in to the NYPD Saturday about 7:30 a.m., near North Cove Marina. Amateur video posted on the web shows the animal darting across traffic. Officers from the 1st Precinct, as well as the specially trained Emergency Service Unit Truck #1, responded and soon found their prey.

To trap the animals, Cohn said the team of cops turned over tables on the terrace of the restaurant, which boasts views of the Statue of Liberty.

“Then the guy with the tranquilizer shot it. It went to sleep,” Cohn said.

“1 Coyote in custody,” the 1st Precinct tweeted.

The caged animal was driven in a police cruiser to the Center for Animal Care and Control on East 110th Street, “where she is now lodged for observation and being cared for,” the NYPD said.

This is at least the third coyote sighting in Manhattan in a week, according to reports. On Wednesday, cops chased one on the Upper West Side. The next night, one was spotted in Morningside Heights.