Coyotes spotted in Petersfield
Coyote information has been posted at Petersfield Provincial Park after a reported sighting.
A family walking through the park on Wednesday afternoon told the Department of Lands and Forestry that they spotted at least one coyote near a visitor sitting area that overlooks the Canadian Coast Guard College.
The rustling of nearby bushes led the family to believe another was nearby.
Provincial spokesperson, Krista Higdon, says park staff will be monitoring the situation and can provide advice to visitors.
Some tips for keeping coyotes away include carrying a walking stick and a noisemaker such as a bell, a whistle, an air horn, or a personal alarm.
Park visitors are also advised not to drop food in the woods or along trails.
Coyotes with access to human food or garbage are believed to lose their fear of people.
Nova Scotia wildlife officers also advise that if a coyote approaches, do not run, as this can cause animal to chase you. If a coyote attacks, experts advise to fight back, shout, throw stones or do whatever is possible to defend yourself.