FORT ST. JOHN, BC -- A coyote attack has been reported near the Fort St. John Hospital.

A Fort St. John woman said her two dogs were attacked by two coyotes while on a morning walk in the area earlier this week. Fortunately, the dogs were not seriously harmed: one was able to escape, while the other suffered a minor bite.

The City of Fort St. John reminds anyone who encounters wildlife to call the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277. Bylaw officers cannot help with incidents involving wild animals.

If you see a coyote, don’t turn your back on it. Make yourself look bigger, and if the animal becomes aggressive, wave your arms and yell or throw things at it, such as rocks or sticks.

It’s also a good idea to make noise while you walk and travel in groups. Keep your dogs on a leash, and give any wildlife lots of room to avoid you or escape.