NEWPORT, R.I. — Police are investigating reports of coyote sightings near a Newport park.

WJAR-TV reports ( ) that dog walkers and other people at Braga Park have complained that coyotes follow them and lounge in the park. Authorities have attributed the presence of the coyotes to people feeding the animals.

Police say they haven’t received reports of the coyotes acting aggressively. However, authorities say they are “actively working” on the issue.

Officials say residents should keep garbage containers closed and refrain from feeding the coyotes. Police have also advised residents to keep cats and small pets indoors.

The sightings come about a year after a coyote nicknamed Cliff was captured and relocated because some residents on Aquidneck Island felt he was too comfortable around humans.

Information from: WJAR-TV,

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