Commuting coyote caught near the Holland Tunnel in Manhattan

Let's just get this out of the way and say if the poor animal was trying to get the hell out of Jersey, do you blame him?

While coyotes are not unknown in Manhattan, they tend to chill in the woodier and less population dense areas uptown, such as the neighborhoods around Columbia University. A coyote was also spotted last month in Central Park. This coyote was first spotted in the Holland Tunnel, ostensibly entering Manhattan, and was last sighted on Varick Street last night.

The coyote in TriBeCa was finally captured this morning after it made an appearance cruising down the northbound lane of the West Side Highway. The animal turned on to Watts St., and attempted to dodge cops by hiding under a car. Police used a tranquilizer gun to subdue the coyote and are awaiting a cage to transport the animal.

Coyote expert Dr. Paul Curtis of Cornell says coyote numbers in urban areas are increasing because coyotes don't go in for any of this modern "boomerang kid" stuff:

"The peak of breeding is right around this time of year," Curtis told the Post. "The young animals get kicked out of the home because their parents are preparing to breed."