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.READ MORE: McDonald's Requiring Face Masks Again At Most US Restaurants, Regardless Of COVID Vaccination Status
They said the teen suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the bite, which occurred near Burpee Road and the upper Jackson Field.READ MORE: CDC: 12 Of 14 Massachusetts Counties Now High Or Substantial Risk For COVID Transmission
Environmental police were notified but the coyote involved has not yet been located.
If you are approached by a coyote, remember:MORE NEWS: Barack Obama To Scale Back Martha’s Vineyard Birthday Party Due To Delta Variant
- 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.