The RCMP's approach to animal control has some people in Moncton shaking their heads.

On Tuesday, a coyote was spotted roaming in the city's downtown. It covered more than a dozen blocks before RCMP tracked it down and decided the safest way to deal with the wild animal was to run it over with a police cruiser.

Mike Arsenault didn't know what to think initially when a man in an unmarked car got out with a gun.

"I seen him pull up. He walked up between the two houses and he pulled out his revolver," said Arsenault. "I didn't like that part because I didn't know what was going on."

RCMP determined it was too risky to shoot the animal on Limerick Street because of the urban environment. So the decision was made to kill the animal by running over it with a police cruiser.

Pat Graves wishes it could have ended differently for the coyote.

"I thought maybe they would have shot it with a gun that puts them to sleep," she said.

Pat Graves

Pat Graves says the coyote jumped at her from the other side of her patio door. (CBC)

Graves saw the coyote earlier in her back yard.

"The coyote jumped at my window, like it was coming towards me, trying to get me," she said.

The animal left a muddy, bloody spot on her patio door.

The RCMP continue to defend the decision to run over the coyote intentionally, saying it was the right thing to do in the situation.

Arsenault said police needed to act quickly given the situation.

"It's a wild animal. You gotta stop them, cause you can't wait until they harm somebody."