Neighbors in Indian Land push to hunt coyotes after recent sightings

Donna Bell lives in Indian Land and says her South Carolina community is having a big problem with coyotes.

“It’s been a problem in recent years,” Bell said. “I’ve lived out here since 2002. With all the development, the coyotes are being pushed out of their homes.”

Some neighbors who live on and around Henry Harris Road are loading up to take them out.

There’s been a push from concerned neighbors to register their properties with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. There’s a program that will allow a homeowner to sign up for their home to be designated as a hunting ground for coyotes, day or night. Without successfully registering for this program, licensed hunters are only allowed to kill coyotes during the daytime in the state.

A Facebook post advocating for this program is spreading across the community after a homeowner voiced concerns about coyote sightings. The poster told Fox 46 Charlotte that he is gathering a group of licensed hunters to start going after the animals.

Bell isn’t a fan of killing coyotes, but she does admit, something has to be done. She’s fearful of potential problems that could arise from them.

“They are yipping and yapping and running in packs,” Bell said. “If they’re coming into my backyard it’s too close.”

Bells claims coyotes have invaded her backyard where many of her outdoor farm animals are located. She unsure if a recent injury to her horse has something to do with a recent coyote sighting on her four acres of land.

FOX 46 Charlotte spoke with a law enforcement officer who educates people on ways to deal with coyotes. Recommendations included letting the coyotes migrate on their own, trapping them or hunting. The program Indian Land residents are pushing for is relatively new but considered effective with coyote control.

“It's not a very old program. There's some requirements. If you kill any coyotes, you're required to report that to DNR so that we can kind of keep up with the numbers and how well the program's working,” the officer said.