At the January 17, 2017 meeting, City Council voted to address coyote concerns utilizing a local coyote trapper. Council implemented a Coyote Management Plan in December of 2016 after hearing from South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in November. Their direction in January engaged a licensed trapper/contractor to trap and remove coyotes from certain locations in the City.

On Monday, February 13, 2017, foothold trapping devices will be set in 8 locations around the City where high coyote activity and sightings have been reported. Traps will remain in place for 7-14 days depending on activity. Traps will be checked every 24 hours. Per SCDNR permitting, any coyotes found will be removed, transported outside City limits, and disposed of in a SCDNR approved location.

Trap locations are detailed below. The general perimeter of the areas surrounding trapping sites will be marked with yellow signs reading: “WARNING – Wildlife Control Operator Trapping in Progress – Please note that it is illegal to interfere with trapping services and tamper with trapping devices.” Orange fluorescent ribbon flagging will be hung in the immediate area of the trapping site. If any free ranging domestic animals, feral dogs/cats, not-target furbearers, pets, and incidental wildlife species are captured during coyote trapping efforts, these non-target catches will be removed from trapping devices and released on site.

  1. Video Demonstration of Foothold Trap
  2. Foothold Trap Image
Wildlife biologist, Andrew Cole, demonstrates foothold trap:
  1. Coyote Management Plan
  2. SCDNR Public Forum
In December 2016, City Council implemented a coyote management plan is to provide a management strategy and guidelines for staff responses to conflicts with coyotes. Public safety is the primary concern of the City and coyotes and other wildlife will be managed with human safety as the priority. The plan seeks to achieve a balance between the importance of human safety and the benefits of maintaining natural wildlife populations. 

Read the Coyote Management Plan