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LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 9: Ronald McDonald gives a speech at McDonald's World Children's Day on November 9, 2004 at McDonald's in the Silverlake section of Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — McDonald’s says Ronald McDonald is keeping a low profile with reports of creepy clown sightings on the rise.

McDonald’s Corp. said Tuesday that it is being “thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events” as a result of the “current climate around clown sightings in communities.”

The company did not provide any other details about how often its red-haired mascot makes appearances, and how that will change.

The burger chain’s decision comes after a rash of pranks around the country that have involved eerie clown sightings.

The reports have forced police in some areas to respond.