WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Officials in Warwick are warning residents to be on high alert after a person was bitten by a coyote and several other sightings were reported.
The person was bitten Sunday in the Cowesett section of the city, but police did not specify the exact location.
The severity of the victim’s injury is not known at this time.
The coyote was captured and euthanized by Warwick police before being turned over to the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM).
The agency will now test the coyote for rabies.
Management at the Cowesett Hills apartment complex issued a memo to residents Monday about the recent sightings, offering advice on how to stay safe.
“Just came home to see a notice, which was kind of odd to find considering we do live in a relatively not-so-rural area,” said resident Ryan Irving. “Pretty busy, lots of traffic flow.”
Irving said he’s never known coyotes to be an issue at the complex.
“It was definitely surprising to me,” he said. “I spend every Sunday going and walking through the woods and the trails here with my buddy who takes his dog along, so I guess we have to be a little cautious of that going forward.”
Cowesett Hills management said there hasn’t been a reported sighting since Monday.
There are many ways to avoid contact with coyotes, according to the DEM, including keeping small pets indoors, closing outdoor garbage containers, and never feeding or approaching coyotes or any other wild animals.