Police: Coyote bites Massachusetts teen, leaving him hospitalized

The coyote has yet to be found.

A coyote was spotted wandering through Mattapan, alarming local residents and causing a lockdown at a nearby school.The coyote is pictured in a backyard near Flint Street by the Mildred Middle School. David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe, File

SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (AP) — A teen has been bitten by a coyote in Massachusetts, and police are warning the public to be on alert.

Police say the 17-year-old male was bitten in the woods of Swampscott Saturday night.

WCVB-TV reports the teen has been hospitalized with cuts and scratches, and the coyote has yet to be found.

Police are urging residents to practice extreme caution in any wooded area in the town.