MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Coyotes have been spotted several times in Grand Dunes and throughout the city, and wildlife experts say it's only going to get worse.
"They're an invasive species, and you don't want an invasive species around." said Russel Cavender, better known as The Snake Chaser.
Cavender says coyotes have become a nuisance in South Carolina over the years and particularly in Myrtle Beach. A new ordinance presented to City Council this week could make it easier to control the coyote population, by allowing certain trappers to euthanize them in an efficient and humane way, within city limits.
"From what I understand, they're going to allow people like myself to discharge a firearm if needed within city limits, which is illegal to do. They're going to issue us permits in order to do so." said Cavender.
Cavender says coyotes are smart animals that will breed fast when in a new area. He also says they are a threat to other smaller animals, including cats and small dogs. Several residents in the Grand Dunes area have seen or heard about coyotes in their neighborhood.
"They will eat...meat, and what I walk is meat to them. So I'm fearful of all the little ones that I walk. And I wouldn't even know what to do if I did run into a coyote," said Bonnie Yackanin, who lives in Myrtle Beach and is a professional dog walker.
Cavender says coyotes are not native to South Carolina, which is why it's important to keep the population under control. Even with this new ordinance, we could still have our work cut out for us.
"One thing I tell people about coyotes is that you're not going to get rid of them completely, they're always going to be here. With a little help we can try and reduce the population of them, but they also have the tendency to have larger litters. So it's going to be an ongoing issue forever."
The ordinance has only been introduced at this point and we're told it is still a work in progress. If you happen to run across a coyote, call wildlife control immediately.