Sullivan's Island leaders take steps to curb island coyotes

Sullivan's Island leaders take steps to curb island coyotes

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Sullivan's Island town leaders are taking a new approach to curb the coyote population on the island.

The latest action comes approximately one week after a local family said their family puppy was attacked and killed by a coyote in their backyard.

During Wednesday's public safety committee meeting, town officials announced new measures to counter the animals.

Town Administrator Andy Benke said it wasn't confirmed that the Hansen family's Golden Doodle was killed by coyotes.

Nevertheless, the committee is giving island police the green light to switch to soft leg hold traps.

Under the recommendation of the Department of National Resources (DNR), town officials said they'll look to police to work with trappers on using soft leg hold traps.

The soft hold trap latches down on the leg of an animal but shouldn't harm them, according to officials.

Town leaders said box traps are the safest way to catch the animal, but no coyotes were caught using that method to date.

Benke said coyote sightings typically increase from Dec. to Feb. when animals are on the move for mating season.

The committee will allow local police to determine where and when to lay down the soft leg hold traps.

But town officials said the traps will only be placed on town property and only in remote areas, which aren't frequented by people or pets.

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