Pet attack prompts new Joint Base Charleston coyote removal efforts

Wild coyote trotting (Kira Gunderson/Thinkstock)

Efforts to remove coyotes from Joint Base Charleston are starting again this week after a confirmed pet attack, and multiple coyote sightings in residential areas, officials say.

According to JBC spokesman Marvin Krause, the pet in this instance was injured, not killed. ABC News 4 is awaiting more information on the attack.

Dept. of Defense and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture officials are overseeing the renewed coyote removal work, coming four months after a previous initiative resulted in six of the animals being removed.

Krause says the coyotes will be targeted using foothold traps in a wooded area near the Base Exchange and some base housing.

"After careful consideration, it is deemed necessary to neutralize a small number of coyotes to ensure the safety of our base personnel and resources," Krause said. "The intent is to deter them from inhabiting populated areas of Joint Base Charleston."

Areas on the base where the coyote extraction is taking place are marked with signs indicating the presence of foothold traps, Krause says.

Krause says JBC officials have tried non-lethal removal and deterrent methods in the past, but none were successful.

JBC officials announced in April they would be working to remove coyotes is being in the interest of protecting small pets and young children.

Coyotes are an invasive species in South Carolina, as they are not native to the Southeastern United States. They first appeared here in the 1970s, according to the S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources.

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