Monday, February 28, 2011
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Wildlife officials say the number of coyotes in South Carolina has been on the rise since the late 1970s and they are moving into the suburbs where trapping and hunting them are difficult.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that the state Natural Resources Department expects more than 25,000 coyotes to be trapped by the time the three-month trapping ends Monday. Most of those will be caught in the Upstate.
A recent study on the Savannah River Plant site near Aiken found that it takes about three deer births per year to keep one fawn alive because of coyotes. Female deer used to average 1 ½ surviving fawns per year.
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