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Myrtle Beach residents report recent coyote sightings

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Coyote sightings are popping up across the Grand Strand.  The most recent are in Myrtle Beach, and residents say they have mixed feelings about the animals.

Neighbors near the Pine Lake Country Club say coyotes have been in the area for a while. Calvin Springs lives off Pickens Avenue and says he can hear them howling at night.

"They've been coming in this direction for years now," Springs said. "It's been the last three to five years that we've actually been seeing them more and more and more."

Springs says he's never heard of the coyotes causing any trouble to people or their pets. His main concern is the spreading rabies.

"Some of them that I've seen are very scraggily and look really rough to the point that they may be sick,"  describes Springs.

Springs wants the coyotes to be removed but he realizes some of his neighbors might have a problem with it.

"I know it would bring a controversy because the only way to remove them is to trap or kill them," Springs explained.

Coyotes are considered a non-native invasive species and South Carolina State law requires them to be killed when captured.

Surfside Beach town leaders have tried to catch a group of coyotes living in a small, wooded area near Sixth Avenue South. A man who goes by the name The Snake Chaser was hired to trap the coyotes but wasn't successful. He used live traps, which he said are more humane, instead of snare traps.  

The City of Myrtle Beach says there hasn't been any reason to remove the coyotes yet.

Matthew Greene works at the Pine Lake Country Club. He says he's seen the coyotes but they don't worry the workers or the golfers.

"I got out to look at it. It was a nice seized coyote," Greene said. "But they're more scared of you than you are of them."

Mark Lafranchise says he's spotted them on the golf course, mainly at dusk or in the early morning.

"They aren't bothering anybody here," Lafranchise said. "It's kind of one of those you see it and you forget it."

Springs says even though they haven't caused any trouble yet, the coyotes could, and need to be removed.

"Whatever way it takes to get them gone," Springs said. "Trap them and kill them."

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