Update Wednesday, April 22: The coyote captured earlier this week has tested positive for rabies, according to Norwood police.
NORWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A New Jersey community is on edge after multiple coyote sightings have been reported in Bergen County.
It’s like a coyote village behind a home on Summit Street in Norwood, as four coyote dens were found in the wooded area of the backyard, CBS2’s Meg Baker reported.
“They need to get this under control,” said homeowner Frank Spadaccini. “Granted, coyotes have a place, but in this kind of suburbia … neighborhood, this is not the place.”
An aggressive coyote was caught in Norwood earlier this week, authorities said, but now animal control officers fear there are more out there after spotting two dens in the neighborhood.
The Norwood Elementary School is just down the block from where the coyotes have been lurking, Baker reported.
Norwood Public School has cancelled all outdoor gym, recess and after school activities due to the coyote concern.
“We just have to err on the side of caution until this fizzles out,” Superintendent Bert Ammerman said.
Parents of children who attend the school are also on alert.
“It was running around the school and it was really scary,” Norwood student Ella Perez said.
“My mom almost didn’t let us go to school today because she didn’t want us walking because of the coyotes,” Thomas Gillon said.
On Monday, a coyote had bitten Stephen Sinisi in the leg outside his home on D’Ercole Court, resulting in him getting four rabies shots.
“I tried to get in the house fast because he wasn’t going away,” Sinsi said, recounting the nerve-wracking moments a coyote chased him and his dog.
“As soon as I got up close enough, I knew it wasn’t a dog, I knew it was a coyote,” he said. “I got the dog in the door and as soon as I got indoors, I didn’t see it, I felt something at my ankle.”