The Department of Natural Resources is warning Mount Pearl residents of a potential coyote sighting on the Powers Pond walking trail in Mount Pearl.
Coyote file photo.
Conservation officers with the department have received several complaints and are monitoring the situation.
A news release notes that anyone who encounters a coyote should never approach or crowd the animal — give it an escape route, be aggressive — wave your arms, shout and maintain direct eye contact, and do not run away.
The department warns residents that wild animals can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable when approached by humans.
Residents are encouraged to take appropriate steps, including the proper storage, collection and disposal of garbage, to avoid attracting wild animals near homes where the animals can pose a risk to public safety.
Anyone sighting a coyote in this area is asked to contact the Forest Management District Office at 709-729-4180.