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Manchester police on the hunt for a coyote

MANCHESTER — A coyote on the loose in some east Manchester neighborhoods is acting strangely, biting the heel of a woman in broad daylight and nibbling on the door handle of a car, Manchester police said.

The coyote has been spotted at Ledgewood retirement community, a neighborhood of manufactured housing off Candia Road. And it has been spotted on Wells Street and Morse Road, at one point approaching pet dogs and laying down in a submissive manner.

On Ledgewood Way, the coyote bit the heel of a woman Monday about 9 a.m. The animal later nibbled the door handle of a Ledgewood maintenance man&#';s vehicle.

Manchester police said the behavior is unusual, and the city&#';s animal control officer is working with New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers.

In the meantime, police said residents should not approach wildlife and avoid any contact.