GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Police are alerting Greenburgh residents about recent coyote sightings in Edgemont, two of which have been seen on Edgemont High School's campus.
The most recent sighting occurred about 10:30 a.m. Thursday near 500 White Plains Road. The coyote was in the wooded areas nearby, and the caller told police the coyote appeared to be injured. Police responded to the area, but at that point the coyote had run off.
It's not uncommon for coyotes to be seen in Greenburgh's wooded areas, police said. Though no aggressive behavior has been exhibited yet, coyotes in the area have been known to be dangerous. Two years ago, a woman and her dog were attacked by a coyote in Travis Hill Park in Greenburgh.
Greenburgh police sent out an informational bulletin on Thursday to "assist residents in understanding the coexistence between people and coyotes," according to the document. To avoid risks, police warned against feeding coyotes, leaving food outside and allowing your pets to run free.
If you see a coyote, they can be easily scared by making loud noises or waving your arms, according to the bulletin. The wild animals are protected by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, so there is little police or animal control officers can do other than chase the coyote away, the bulletin reminds Greenburgh residents.
For more information about coyotes, see the state department of environmental conservation's website. If you see a coyote that is lingering in a public area, call Greenburgh police at 914-682-5300.