SWAMPSCOTT (CBS) — Police in Swampscott are warning the public after a teenager was bitten by a coyote in the woods Saturday night.

“We urge residents to use extreme caution in any wooded area in town,” police wrote on Facebook.

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They said the teen suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the bite, which occurred near Burpee Road and the upper Jackson Field.

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Environmental police were notified but the coyote involved has not yet been located.

If you are approached by a coyote, remember:

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  • Do not run or turn your back
  • Be as big and loud as possible
  • Wave your arms and throw objects
  • Face the coyote and back away slowly
  • If attacked, fight back

Be prepared as well, use caution at night, walk with a walking stick, carry a noise maker, walk with someone else, and avoid known den sites, police advised. Be sure to protect your pets by keeping them on a short leash.