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Officials spotted coyotes near a park in Cayce, SC. One tested positive for rabies.

Coyotes are now more common than ever in South Carolina. Here’s what you need to know

Coyotes are now present in every county in South Carolina — and are increasingly spotted in peoples' backyards. Here are some facts about the species from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, and a clip of what they sound like.
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Coyotes are now present in every county in South Carolina — and are increasingly spotted in peoples' backyards. Here are some facts about the species from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, and a clip of what they sound like.

Cayce officials have closed a park after coyotes were spotted.

Coyotes were sighted near Granby Gardens Park, which is off 12th Street close to Cayce City Hall and the Cayce Historical Museum. One of the coyotes was caught and found to have rabies, the city said. The park will remain closed until further notice, officials said.

A wily coyote ventured into Myrtle Beach International dashing through the terminal and sneaking past security before being captured by Horry County Animal Control.

The dog-like predators, smaller cousins of the wolf, began migrating to South Carolina 30 years ago, The State reported in January 2018 after a coyote was spotted near downtown Columbia.

Hunters imported coyotes for decades into South Carolina because they were considered better quarry for mounted fox hunts than foxes. When Hurricane Hugo blew through in 1989 falling trees ruptured many pens, setting even more coyotes loose.

Licensed trapper Walter English captures a coyote in Mount Holly, NC.

Because of expanding cities and a growing coyote population, the animals are spotted more frequently in urban areas. Most often those neighborhoods are near natural areas.

Coyotes have become so established in South Carolina that hunters are killing 30,000 of them a year without making much of a dent in the population, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

The city of Cayce asked that if anyone sees a coyote to call Cayce Public Safety at 803-794-0456

An aggressive, rabid coyote attacks John Schroter's car in Huntersville. The Huntersville Police Department later tracked and killed the coyote.

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David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.


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