There's a very real possibility the animal Osborn spotted was indeed a coyote, said Russ Biss, the region's Natural Resources Supervisor for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
"(Coyotes) have been around the Buffalo area for quite some time," Biss
Recently, there was a coyote sighting around Cheektowaga, Biss
Coyotes normally stay away from urbanized areas and people, Biss
"(Coyotes) are opportunists and they will take what they can," Biss
Though coyotes will usually stay away from people, they will attack if they feel threatened, Biss
said.If a coyote doesn't immediately flee, it's best to make noise, yell at it or throw something at it to make it go away.
"It's not any reason for hysteria," Biss