The Department of Natural Resources is warning Clarenville residents of a coyote sighting in the area of Bayview Road, Balsam Street and the Marine Drive Area near the Clarenville waterfront.
File photo of a coyote pictured on the Bonavista Peninsula. — Photo by Glen Whiffen/The Telegram
Conservation officers within the department have confirmed the sighting and are continuing to monitor the situation.
Anyone who encounters a coyote should never approach or crowd the animal but give it an escape route. Be aggressive, such as 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 709-466-7439.