The Newport Police Department has received complaints of coyotes in and around Braga Park. Dog walkers are reporting that coyotes are walking very close and following them in the park.

The coyotes have been observed lounging out in the open, near dwellings and have displayed no fear of humans. This behavior may be due to easy food sources in the area and people feeding them.’

The Newport Police Department has not received any information that the coyotes are acting in an aggressive manner and we are actively working on this issue.

To deter the coyotes from the area, here are some recommendations:
• Inform young children not to feed or approach any wild animal.
• Do not leave garbage containers open or accessible to animals.
• Do not feed your pets outdoors.
• Keep cats and small animals in doors.
• Use loud noises to discourage coyotes.

Newport Police would like to remind dog owners that dogs are required by Newport City Ordinance to be leashed at all times. If a coyote is observed in the area of Braga Park, please call the Newport Police
Department at 401-847-1212.

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