PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers University Police are investigating a report of an aggressive coyote that bit a man along the Rutgers Preserve on Livingston Campus in Piscataway early Thursday morning,

Rutgers police have also closed the preserve to the public as they investigate the incident with the help of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, the police said.

The incident was took place on Nov. 14, at about 4 a.m. The victim, who is affiliated with the university, indicated he was walking on the footpath of Avenue E in the area of Hospital Road when the coyote ran out of the tree line and bit him, police said.

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The victim was treated for his injuries at a local area hospital and was released. 

The Rutgers Police Department reminds all to avoid contact with stray or wild animals. If you are bitten or scratched by a wild or stray animal, police advise you to seek medical treatment immediately and report any exposures to the Rutgers Police Department at 732-932-7211.

The police are offering the following tips can help prevent or minimize the injury by an animal and/or other wildlife:

  • Do not attempt to remove or disturb an animal or wildlife.
  • Tell others to vacate the area if a dangerous animal may still be nearby.
  • If approached by the animal, make yourself as big and loud as possible.
  • Do not turn your back on the animal.