The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported a number of residents in the Surfside Beach area have reported the deaths of cats and dogs because of coyotes in the area.
Surfside Beach Town Council has authorized the hiring of trappers to get rid of the animals.
Jay Butfiloski with the Natural Resources Department says the natural areas, green spaces and golf courses common along the Grand Strand have the potential to have the kind of prey that coyotes prefer.
Coyotes were first documented in South Carolina in the Upstate in 1978. Since then, they’ve spread to all 46 counties.
Butfiloski says coyotes tend to avoid humans as they seek small animals.