Rising Coyote Attacks: Isle of Palms Ramps Up Safety Measures

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The Isle of Palms is addressing a rise in coyote sightings and attacks along its beachfront by implementing new safety measures. The city has increased the number of warning signs and is collaborating with professional trappers to manage the coyote population.

This action comes in response to the community’s growing concerns, particularly after several small dogs were injured in attacks. The costs of treating such injuries can range up to $2,000 per attack, often involving surgical interventions like drains and sutures.

The town is now ramping up trapping efforts, especially in the area where the dog vanished.

For your safety:

  • Always leash your pet until you’re on the beach.
  • Never leave pets unattended.
  • Be extra cautious during early mornings and evenings.
  • Keep coyotes wary of humans through hazing.
  • Remove potential food sources around your home.
  • Secure household garbage.

Immediately report any coyote sightings to the Police Department at 843-743-7200.

In light of these incidents, the city has organized a public safety meeting to discuss the issue further. The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Isle of Palms City Hall on Tuesday, from 9 to 10 AM.

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