This is something you don't see everyday. Police said they responded to what witnesses thought was a dog fighting the river currents. But when officers arrived on the scene, what was swimming in the river was not exactly a domesticated dog.

Coyotes in New York State

The New York DEC says that Eastern coyotes have been present in New York state since the 1930s, though some sources say they were here even earlier. Animals Around the Globe says that coyotes are firmly established throughout all New York counties except Long Island and New York City (though there have been increased sightings across both areas in recent years).

Their numbers across New York state have been estimated at between 20,000 and 30,000, according to sources.

Coyote in the East River

NBC is reporting that Animal Care Centers of NY received a call about a coyote in the backyard of a home in the Bronx Monday morning. NBC says once a specialist from the organization showed up, the coyote took off. From there, things really took a weird turn.

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NBC says that eventually the same animal ended up the East River, for an unknown amount of time. This is when the NYPD says they got a call about what was described as a"distressed" dog in the river. NBC says that the  NYPD Harbor Unit made the save around 3 PM Monday. The coyote was described as a healthy female, who was a bit nervous when rescued.

Not too many details are available, though officials say the DEC will probably come for coyote to be picked up and brought back to the wild.

Hudson Valley Wildlife Gallery

The Hudson Valley is full of wildlife. Here are just a few of our furry, slithery, and feather friends that might frequent your backyard. Please reach out and let us know which creature we may have left off the list.