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      Wakendaw residents blame coyotes for missing cats

      By Gregory Woods gwoods@abcnews4.com

      CHARLESTON, S. C. (WCIV) -- The Wakendaw Lakes subdivision is a quiet neighborhood where the neighbors enjoy their waterfront property.

      It was a place where kids could play without worry - until now.

      "We were coming down the street and galloping ahead of us was a coyote and it ran up and disappeared," said Pay Neuhaus, a local resident who writes about wild life for the neighborhood monthly paper.

      Coyotes are not uncommon in the Lowcountry. In fact, a few of them were caught on camera in Sullivan's Island earlier this month.

      Wakendaw homeowners have yet to catch their suspicions on camera but may still believe the coyotes are out there.

      "They can come into an area like this where we have squirrels and all sorts of things, and it's easier hunting for them and they have plenty of places to hide and a good source of food," said Neuhaus.

      Whether it's coyotes that are responsible or something else, those with missing cats, like 14-year-old Daphne Brion, hold out hope.

      "I hope she is still out there, but I don't know if there is any possibility of her coming home," she said.

      While Daphne waits, Neuhaus recommends others protect their pets by bringing them indoors at night.

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