CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – If you’ve been to Sullivan’s Island or Isle of Palms recently, it’s likely you noticed signs warning you of coyotes.
Some argue the coyotes pose a threat to people and their pets, while others say it’s part of Lowcountry living.
A new bill introduced Thursday by a state senator is pushing for a coyote bounty program.
It calls for raising certain fishing and hunting licenses to fund the program that would pay licensed hunters to lawfully remove adult coyotes.
We spoke with one woman who says she’s hopeful the state takes action against the invasive species.
“Really, what you start to see is a major decline of the other animals that are indigenous on the island, whether it’s rabbits – we haven’t seen bunnies in three years now – pet cats and feral cats are all but disappeared if they are allowed to stay outside,” said Colleen Conley who lives on the Isle of Palms. “Even people with small dogs have to keep them on-leash or watched in the yard. So, they’ve become a major problem.”
The bill recently differed to the Fish, Game and Forestry Commission.