Police in Swampscott, Massachusetts are warning people about coyotes after a teenager was attacked around 6:30 Saturday evening.
A yellow warning sign posted in the woods near where the incident happened reads, “Coyotes are active in the area. Use caution if entering the woods. All pets need to be leashed.”
Swampscott police say a teenager was bit while in the woods off Burpee Road, near the high school.
Investigators are telling residents to use extreme caution when going into any wooded area in town.
They say if a coyote approaches you, don’t turn your back. You should make noise. They urge you to especially keep an eye out from dusk to dawn.
Ross DiPietro, who lives in Swampscott, said he has seen some coyotes go behind his neighbor's house the last couple of weeks.
"There are all kinds of habitats in this area. There's a lot of kids that go up there to get to the other side. It’s just one of those things,” he said.
Police have not said how severe of a bite the teen suffered. Officers were out Saturday looking for the animal, but they have been unable to find it.
No other information was immediately available about the attack.