A man and his dog were attacked by a coyote Thursday evening on the University of Colorado's east campus, and the dog owner suffered a bite to the arm during the encounter.

CU police on Friday reported that a man and his dog were walking in a wooded area southwest of Foothills Parkway and Arapahoe Avenue around 6:30 p.m. when the incident occurred.

The man told police the coyote appeared to be focused on them for a period of time before approaching and finally attacking his dog. The dog was on a leash, police said, and the man was able to pull the dog clear of the assault.

The coyote then lunged at the man, according to police, biting his left forearm as he reached out to block the coyote's advance. The man managed to fend off the attack by kicking the coyote and swinging a stick as it retreated, police said.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is providing signage in the vicinity of the attack and will continue to monitor the area for coyote activity.

CU police, meanwhile, advise that if a coyote approaches, do not run or turn your back. People are advised to make themselves as large as possible, wave their arms and throw objects, and also face the coyote, and back away slowly.