Nova Scotia

Coyote spotted at Bedford South School

Bedford South School is warning its students and parents to be vigilant after a coyote sighting near the school.

Bedford South School is warning its students and parents to be vigilant after a coyote sighting near the school.

Doug Hadley, a spokesman for the Halifax Regional School Board, said the animal was spotted by at least two people at approximately 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

"A school bus driver who was bringing the bus into the yard for dismissal, and a teacher in one of the school's portables saw what they believed to be a coyote on the other side of the fence, close to the school," Hadley told CBC News.

The school contacted the Department of Natural Resources and the department sent a representative to the Oceanview Drive location.

The coyote was not found.

Hadley said in the meantime, Bedford South School modified its end-of-day routine to ensure any students leaving the property wouldn't be walking in the area where the coyote had been spotted.

"One of the things that [DNR] felt the school should do today was not to allow any of the students who would normally walk home from school, do that," he said.

Students who normally walk home from school remained in the building until a parent or caregiver could come to pick them up.

"The school is going to keep their eye out," said Hadley.

"They're going to be communicating with parents tonight and following up with a notice on the school website just to keep everyone informed."

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