Thursday, a dog-like animal with reddish thick fur, long snout, and pointed ears was spotted in the area. The animal didn't make a move, but officials say some park-goers did feel threatened, so now they're spreading the word. Cautions signs are posted throughout the 800 acre trail system.
But not everyone's concerned.
"If I ran by a coyote on the trail, I wouldn't even think twice about it," offered runner David Dunson.
Thursdays sighting was one of many in the Triangle recently. Sunday, there were reports that a rabid coyote was acting aggressively near a woman's home.
The North Carolina Wildlife Commission says coyotes are now found in all 100 counties across the state. It points out that simply seeing a coyote is not cause for worry.
But if you see them often around your home, take these steps:
· Secure garbage - coyotes do scavenge for trash
· Never feed or pet coyotes
· Keep your own pets inside -
· Cut back brushy edges in your yard, which provide cover for wild animals