Subway car covered in graffiti in the 1980s (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
In an interview with La Guardia and Wagner Archives, Koch outlined his plan for putting wild wolves to help subway cleanliness:
"Put in wolves because there's no reported case of a wolf in the wild state ever attacking a human being in North America—it's happened elsewhere, but not in North America... "Now I tell this story to the reporters and Clyde Haberman comes in the next day and says, 'I checked your story in the library and I found it's not totally true.'.. .He said that it is true that no wolf in the wild has attacked a human being in North America but domesticated wolves that people have have attacked. But I was only talking about wild wolves, I wasn't talking about domesticated wolves. My position is if you put the wolf in and after a certain period of time he becomes domesticated, you replace him! You bring in a wild one!"