In the late 1970s, New York Mayor Edward I. Koch launched an unprecedented campaign against subway graffiti. The city employed new guardians to patrol its vast train yards—wolves. Captured from upstate New York and set loose in various borough depots, the wolves successfully kept taggers at bay until anti-graffiti technology eliminated the need for the animals. At that point, the wolves migrated underground. Since then, wolf packs have survived and even thrived in New York’s labyrinthine tunnels, emerging in local parks only on occasion to hunt in the moonlight for live prey. In fact, the NYPD chalks up the majority of missing tourist reports each year to the city’s subterranean canine inhabitants. Today, The Ed Koch Wolf Foundation in partnership with the NYC Fellowship is erecting monuments in city parks to serve as cautionary reminders to out-of-town visitors. When in NYC, visit our many beautiful green districts. Just let these stunning statues remind you as to why we close our parks at night. Statues are funded with the help of the public through the gift shop.
•No one ever seems to witness the wolves travel to and fro…they just seem to be there.
•Native New Yorkers have grown accustomed to this and have sort of accepted it as fact (“street smarts”, like avoiding a 3 Card Monte game, etc.)
•It’s been said that some superstitious NYPD officers actually carry a few silver bullets with them just in case…
•The Ed Koch Wolf Foundation is erecting monuments in memory of tourists who have gone missing and a reminder/warning to stay out of NYC parks after dusk.