The Isle of Palms Police Department is requesting residents to report coyote sightings and interactions to the Non-Emergency Number at (843) 886-6522, in an effort to maintain a consistent and reliable report of coyote sightings on the island.
In response to citizen concerns, in the spring of 2016, the City of Isle of Palms hired a coyote trapper and since that time, continues to trap using box traps on public property near areas where the public has reported coyote sightings. Citizen engagement in reporting (843 - 886 - 6522) any sightings to the City is important because it enables the strategic placement of the traps. To date, the City’s contractor has trapped one (1) coyote. The City has increased the number of traps deployed on public property.
Beyond hazing and removing attractants, citizens have inquired about actions they may take, if they are concerned about seeing coyotes on their property. Individual property owners on Isle of Palms may hire a trapper to trap coyotes on their own property. Here is the link to trappers listed on the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ (SCDNR’s) website: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/control.html. Once on the site, you will need to scroll through to Wildlife Control Operators and then once on the link to those wildlife management experts who serve Charleston County and who do coyote management. If they do not already have one, trappers will need an Isle of Palms Business License and may start that process by calling the Building, Planning and Zoning Department at 843 886 9912. Trappers typically have a fee to place and routinely check traps and then an additional fee if an animal is trapped. According to SCDNR, poisons may not be used and clamp traps run the risk of trapping and possibly injuring a pet or alternate species.
According to State Law trapped animals may not be relocated and, therefore, must be euthanized. Since it is unlawful to discharge firearms within the limits of the City of Isle of Palms, this action must take place outside of the City limits. Citizens are also encouraged to read SCDNR’s guidance regarding hiring a wildlife management expert.
Hunting of coyotes is allowed by SCDNR in areas; however, DNR cautions one must check local ordinances regarding hunting. Hunting would not be allowed within the City of Isle of Palms because of the prohibition against discharging a firearm.
The City of Isle of Palms Code of Laws states as follows:
“Sec. 9-2-2. - Discharge of firearms.
It shall be unlawful for any person to publicly brandish a firearm, or to negligently or carelessly discharge any firearm within the City, except law enforcement officers in the exercise of their duties or authorized participants in a parade or ceremony.”