MAMARONECK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The village of Mamaroneck’s mayor is warning residents about coyotes after a scare earlier this week.

On Monday morning, a police officer fatally shot an aggressive coyote on Stanley Avenue, not far from downtown Mamaroneck, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported.

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Mayor Norman Rosenblum said in New York state coyotes are, on average, responsible for one death and 650 people being hospitalized every year.

“You must be constantly aware, especially if you have small children,” Rosenblum said.

The mayor said anyone who sees a coyote should make loud noises and throw rocks and sticks.

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“Let it know it’s not welcome,” Rosenblum said.

Rosenblum said people should not run from coyotes “because that’s then acting like a prey.” He also advised residents to secure their trash, not to feed birds and to keep a close eye on small pets.

Tony, who lives in the area, was caught off-guard by news of Monday’s shooting. He said he’s never seen a coyote in the neighborhood, but he now plans to look out for his puggle, Minnie.

“I’ll make sure to bring it inside,” he said.

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