MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Neighbors are keeping a close eye on their children and pets after receiving a warning about a spike in coyote activity in and around the Arrowhead community. The neighborhood sits between Burcale Road and the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach.
"They sent an e-blast saying watch out for your pets dogs your cats don't leave them out over night keep a light on and have something that makes a noise like a whistle bell can of rocks whatever to scare them off," said homeowner Jon Roben.
The Arrowhead community is full of home and wooded areas. One neighbor told WMBF News she spotted a coyote in the woods behind her home just a few weeks ago.
"This is crazy," added Roben. "I have a fenced in yard then someone else told me oh no they can jump six feet without even trying hard."
Roben often takes hit dogs for a walk around the neighborhood. He said he will keep a close eye on what is happening in the woods from now on.
"You find yourself looking to see and now my big dog was barking at the back fence last night so I went out on the porch to see what he was barking at cause normally there's no one out there," added Roben.
Russell Cavender runs the Snake Chaser animal control business. He said he first heard about the coyotes when a homeowner called him.
"They were worried about some of the neighborhood cats that are missing which is common they will eliminate feral cat populations and pet cat populations in any neighborhood they are in," said Cavender.
Cavender said the only way neighbors may realize the coyotes are gone is there will not be any new reports of missing pets, and there will not be any new sightings. But Cavender also said that does not mean the coyotes will not return.
"They are going to do what they need to do once their food source starts to diminish they'll move on but they will be back because they believe that food population will increase over a year's time," said Cavender.