A Fredericton councillor is warning residents to be wary of coyotes as the animals have been seen and heard in the city.
Residents of Sewell Street, an area of the city that borders farm fields and woods, have spotted a coyote trotting across the street and have heard coyote howls that sounded close.
Coun. Eric Megarity said people need to be very careful with coyotes.
"Make sure their kids don't approach one, thinking it's a dog. Educate your children just in case they are spotted," Megarity said.
The city has set up its own web site dedicated to informing citizens of how to deal with the nuisance wildlife.
The Fredericton city councillor said he understands the danger if the coyote problem gets bigger.
"I know the coyotes will stalk small animals — cats and dogs. And we all know what happened in Cape Breton. So, hopefully it doesn't get to that point," Megarity said.
Taylor Mitchell, a 19-year-old Toronto folksinger, was killed in October 2009 by coyotes in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
In response, the Nova Scotia government imposed a $20 bounty on coyotes for trappers.
There have also been problems with coyotes coming closer to population centres in New Brunswick.
A Rothesay official said coyotes follow the deer into town, and one was shot in a resident's backyard.
One of the problems with coyotes is that they're in the grey area of being so-called nuisance animals.
The Department of Natural Resources forest rangers take care of bigger game like bear, deer, and moose.
But they no longer respond to calls about smaller animals and city bylaws only cover domestic animals.