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Sullivan's Island coyotes have some residents afraid for their pets

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Nancy Fortiere is afraid to let her cat outside of the house.

A resident of Sullivan's Island for much of her life, Fortiere says she's heard too many stories of neighbors who say their pet has gone missing. She says she's even seen coyotes chasing animals through the neighborhood, including her backyard.

"That's pretty awful that our lives have been so changed that we have to take our dogs out on leashes in our own yards," she said.

Fortiere is one of many residents on Sullivan's Island who are looking for an answer to what they consider a coyote problem.  The issue has been a topic of discussion over the past few months at Sullivan's Island Town Council Meetings. 

Later this month, leaders are expected to vote on a proposed plan to control the coyote population, without harming the environment.

Officials have gone as far as issuing an information packet along with resident utility bills, sharing information on how to "co-exist with coyotes."

According to the Department of Natural Resources, coyotes don't pose an immediate threat to humans, but are known to prey on cats and small dogs.

"This island is small, and it's densely populated," Fortiere said.  "There are lots of children here.  They just don't belong here."

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