Newman Elementary is warning parents today that coyotes have been sighted near the school.
In an email to faculty and staff, Assistant Principal Greg Bayse said that the animals, which have been spotted in the early morning in nearby fields, "pose little danger to us or our students."
Bayse said that Danielle Landry, an animal control officer for the Needham Police, advised the school that the coyotes living in area dens are "healthy, nonaggressive animals" who have not exhibited any unusual behavior.
Coyotes, who primarily feed on small rodents, frogs and birds, rarely pose any danger to humans. However, the school is telling teachers to calmly bring students indoors if a coyote is spotted in the fields outside the school. Parents and students who spot a coyote are being told to make loud noises and scare it away.
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Parents with questions can contact Officer Landry at firstname.lastname@example.org.