Controlling coyotes in suburban areas

Controlling coyotes in suburban areas

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The City of Myrtle Beach has reported issues with coyotes in urban environments, yet wildlife problems are still existing. Residents must know procedures on trapping or hunting a wild coyote. Proper reporting procedures are vital.

Myrtle Beach residents have reported coyotes in their urban neighborhoods with at least one report of a pet being killed.

The City of Myrtle Beach has provided information to protect your family and your pets:

What is a Coyote? A medium-sized member of the dog family that includes wolves and foxes. Often resembles a German shepherd, pointed ears, dropping busy tail, grayish brown with reddish. Most adults weigh 25-35 pounds and appear larger. Coyotes play an important role in controlling other animal population, the City of Myrtle Beach reports.

General rules to protect your pets from coyotes:

  • Allow pets outside only when you are with them, especially at night.
  • Keep pet food and water inside.
  • Keep garbage containing food well-secured.
  • Keep dogs on a leash in public area; never leave them outside unattended.
  • If a coyote is invading your space, make the coyote uncomfortable.
  • Coyotes may be hunted throughout the year with a valid hunting license.

Coyote removal should only be done by the City of Myrtle Beach Wildlife Removal and attempted by professionals with the appropriate permits.

According to the City of Myrtle Beach, relocating coyotes is not an option, but trapping and killing are allowed under certain conditions. A person may trap on lands that he owns, or on lands owned by others, provided the trapper has written permission from the landowner. The written permission must be in the trapper's possession at all times while engaged in trapping activities.

To report a coyote, call The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Emergency number (843- 953-5291) or the Myrtle Beach Police Department (843-918-1382). The Myrtle Beach Police Department may only respond to wild animal complaints in which the animal is sick or injured or is an immediate and present danger to public health and safety. Contact SCDHEC at 843- 915-8801 for rabies control inquiries.

For more information about permits, contact the SC Department of Natural Resources Furbearer Project at 803-734-3609. To follow up on more coyote regulations from the City of Myrtle Beach, visit here.

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