Natural Resources officials responded to an incident that appears to have involved an aggressive coyote.
The attack happened the morning of Friday, Sept. 14, near Breton Education Centre in New Waterford, and was reported to the department earlier this week.
A 16-year-old girl was struck from behind and knocked to the ground along a rail line near the school. The girl suffered scratches on her face from the animal's paws. She has been examined by health officials and her injuries are not considered serious.
The animal was frightened off by a car that sounded its horn.
"This is a serious incident and our department is taking all necessary steps to keep the community safe from aggressive coyotes," said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. "We will continue to investigate and keep residents in the area aware of our activities."
Natural Resources officials are working on-site and have called in a trained trapper. Staff are working with school officials to ensure safety information on coyotes is available to students, staff and parents.
Nova Scotians are reminded that when faced with an aggressive coyote they should remember the acronym BAM -- Back away, Act big, and Make noise. If attacked, the person should use whatever is available to defend themselves.
Natural Resources has a program to deal with aggressive coyotes that threaten human safety. There are 13 experienced trappers across the province ready to remove aggressive coyotes when necessary.
Staff provides public education on coyotes, and educational materials are available for Nova Scotians and public schools. Information on the Be Coyote Smart program is available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr