Nfld. & Labrador

2 Grand Falls-Windsor coyote sightings

Police in a central Newfoundland community are warning people to keep a close eye on their children and pets after two coyote sightings were reported in Grand Falls-Windsor Tuesday.
This coyote was photographed near a Saint John, New Brunswick, mall March 5. (CBC)

Police in a central Newfoundland community are warning people to keep a close eye on children and pets after two coyote sightings were reported in Grand Falls-Windsor Tuesday.

The first sighting was reported in the Grenfell Heights area where Rebekah Hayley was walking her dog Tuesday morning.

"The police came up and told me that it was spotted at the intersection and I should go home.  So I wasn't taking any chances. I turned around," Hayley told CBC News.

"There are people who live closer to the intersection who have horses. So it would be a pretty big concern if it stayed around and [officials] didn't catch it."

Wildlife officers also received a call saying a coyote was roaming the walking trails by Sanger Park.

The provincial officials said they expect more sighting.

"In around the residential areas, where coyotes may find a food source ...we will encounter more and more encounters and sightings of coyotes," said Wildlife Officer, Blair Barnes.

Barnes warned walkers to be cautious. He said parents should be teaching children what to do if they encounter one.

"If they see a coyote, stamp their feet, wave their hands, make themselves look bigger, so that the coyote would be afraid so they run away," he said.

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