Coyote Removal in Myrtle Beach and Surrounding Areas
Coyotes are a species of wild canine native to North America. They are abundant throughout most of the U.S., including the southeast. There are 19 recognized subspecies of coyotes. They are typically smaller than wolves and can weigh anywhere from 15 to 44 pounds, though the largest coyote on record weighed in at 75 pounds. Their fur varies from gray to red and can include sections of white or black. Coyotes are highly adaptable and easily assimilate into human or urban environments. They are social animals though they are flexible and can live in family units or in loosely knit packs. Coyotes are strictly monogamous and have an average litter size of six pups. They have been observed feeding with and sharing dens with red foxes though they will occasionally eat fox kits.
Coyotes are carnivores and will eat rabbits, rodents, deer, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates and livestock. They have few natural predators. The greatest threats to coyotes aside from humans are gray wolves and cougars/mountain lions. Coyotes are responsible for a large number of attacks on livestock, which causes them to be considered nuisance animals. Attacks on humans are uncommon though they will have confrontations with dogs and cats. Most cats and small dogs do not survive a confrontation with a coyote though larger dogs might survive with immediate medical attention. Coyotes can carry and cause a large number of diseases that can be a threat to pets they come in contact with and of course, a threat to humans if there is contact. They can cause or carry tularemia, rabies, canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, equine encephalitis and oral papillomatosis to name a few.