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Re: “A beach town weighs options for controlling its coyote problem

Are deer the only ungulates you have footage of, Stanford Kirshstein?

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Posted by Pronghorn on February 14, 2014 at 2:32 AM

Re: “A beach town weighs options for controlling its coyote problem

"When you see a homeowner posing with a large 75 pound dog claiming fear of an animal slightly larger than a large raccoon skepticism is in order."

If given the chance, a couple of small coyotes could take out that 75 pound golden retriever in short order. One will engage the dog head on while the other approaches from behind and hamstrings him. Literally. They're devious little bastards.

Hard to feel pity for folks living on front beach Sullivan's, but you folks have your work cut out for you with this one. Probably karma for all that whimpering about coastal accretion when other local beaches are washing away.

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Posted by Jaxx on February 13, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Re: “A beach town weighs options for controlling its coyote problem

I actually had a fence put up in September because of this. It's not a solution, though, because coyotes can scale 6 foot fences or dig underneath but it's a deterrent at least and it keeps Zooey in the yard. Thanks! And yes I think she did know all along.

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Posted by joel on February 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Re: “A beach town weighs options for controlling its coyote problem

Thanks for the response. I understand your concern though I have never heard of an attack on a human or even a large dog up here. I think you might consider a fence. Might be the easiest solution. As for your neighbors, insuring the lids on their garbage cans are tight and keeping small pets indoors or fenced at night is probably the best solution for keeping the Coyotes out of the neighborhood. When the human sources of food dry up they will turn back to their natural sources that they find in the maritime forest. They just take the path of least resistance.

Good luck. I think just being aware of what is out there is half the battle. Bet Zooey knew all along.

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Posted by Saildude on February 13, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Re: “A beach town weighs options for controlling its coyote problem

I don't have a goal. I really just wanted to know what was out there in the woods so I set up the camera to find out. I've got clips of deer, raccoons, possums, rabbits, hawks, rabbits, rats etc. The coyote is the most mysterious and I am fascinated with them. I'm not fearful for me but when it comes to my dog, Zooey, I'm very cautious. Coyotes are very territorial and a pet dog could be seen as a threat. A 70 lb. golden retriever, or most any domesticated dog is no match for a pack of coyotes. And by virtue of them being "urban" coyotes, some will start losing their natural fear of humans. They get fed unintentionally via trash cans, bird feeders, pet food left outside etc, and then you have a problem.This is happening all over the country. Google "news for coyote" and every day you'll read about pets being killed etc. The coyotes who remain fearful of us are no problem. However, the ones who have lost that fear need to be taken out if possible. There is no way to trap and/or kill all of them.Normally, in their small family unit, the alpha male and alpha female only reproduce. Messing up that dynamic will make all the others start breeding as well as stray coyotes moving in to take over the territory. It's really true that trying to take them out makes their numbers grow. Basically, coyotes populate an area in numbers based on the environment's food supply. A sterilized coyote means no offspring which means more food which brings in new coyotes. Won't work. I don't think anyone knows how to eradicate them completely. They are very adept at survival. I'm not sure we have any choice but to coexist. Having said that, if a bold, non-fearful one were to threaten my family, my dog , or myself, I'd make sure it was taken out.

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Posted by joel on February 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Re: “A beach town weighs options for controlling its coyote problem

Glad to hear you don't condone cutting down the maritime forest to deny the Coyotes habitat. Wouldn't work anyway. Didn't mean to lump you in with that group, that's why I asked. I'm surprised someone doing a story on the subject didn't bring it up since it is sort of an obvious question.

Curious though about what you think a possible solution would be? Coexistence or eradication? I like the previous commenters idea that neutering might be the way to go or at least keep the population in check. What do you think? What is your goal as far as the Coyotes? I'm interested because I have a place in Charleston and a house in the North Carolina mountains where there are many Coyotes and it really isn't an issue except for an overturned garbage can at times and dogs barking during the night when the odd one approaches to close.

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Posted by Saildude on February 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Re: “A beach town weighs options for controlling its coyote problem

Nope Saildude. You've got it totally wrong. I'm not a party to the lawsuit you speak of.

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Posted by joel on February 13, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Re: “A beach town weighs options for controlling its coyote problem

I was wondering if Stanford Kirshtein is a party to the lawsuit against the city demanding the trees be cut? Maybe the City Paper could ask him that?

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Posted by Saildude on February 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “A beach town weighs options for controlling its coyote problem

Judging by the articles I have read in the P&C the Coyote "problem" is more of an excuse for the homeowners to cut down the narrow maritime forest between them and the beach blocking their view of the ocean. The homeowners have a lawsuit against the city demanding the trees be cut back because they claim the loss of their view of the ocean is costing them $1.5 million each on the value of their homes? When you see a homeowner posing with a large 75 pound dog claiming fear of an animal slightly larger than a large raccoon skepticism is in order. They want to cut the trees, the Coyotes are just a means to that end.

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Posted by Saildude on February 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Re: “A beach town weighs options for controlling its coyote problem

.22S at max 25m range from a 2nd floor porch or deck (so a miss goes safely into the sand). Double bag the carcass.

Repeat as needed.

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Posted by Cid95 on February 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Re: “A beach town weighs options for controlling its coyote problem

Run an article in the cooking section about the exotic flavors in coyotes. When they show up on menu's problem solved.

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Posted by Jim Makeever on February 12, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Re: “A beach town weighs options for controlling its coyote problem

Call the Road Runner at the Acme Products Firm ASAP. He'll fix their wily asses.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on February 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Re: “A beach town weighs options for controlling its coyote problem

With $25,000, why can't they be caught in a live hold trap and neutered to prevent them from reproducing? The neutered ones will stay on the island thus preventing new ones from coming over to the island. If new ones come, neuter them too. Anyway you look at it, this will be an ongoing problem lasting forever. Why not try the humane thing first. They are the feral dogs of North America.

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Posted by VergieB on February 12, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Re: “A beach town weighs options for controlling its coyote problem

Here's my YouTube page where you can view all of my Sullivan's Island coyote videos. http://www.youtube.com/user/stanfordjoel

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Posted by joel on February 12, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Sasquatch investigators keep the faith alive

Check out the new book, LIZARD MAN: THE TRUE STORY OF THE BISHOPVILLE MONSTER, which is an in-depth account of everything surrounding the famous Lizard Man case. More info here: http://www.lyleblackburn.com/lizardman

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Posted by Lyle Blackburn on December 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Sasquatch investigators keep the faith alive

As a cryptozoologist myself, having graduated from a college in California that actually teaches this subject in great depth, I am inclined to say that no pictures also means something else about the creature. Most cameras use infrared beams to detect the presence of moving objects to take the picture. It is obvious that this creature and Bigfoot and a few others can see in the infrared range and therefore avoid the camera all together. There was mention a few months back in August of 2013, that the creature had been shot and that blood samples sent to a lab came back as "Not human, unknown origin." The lab refused to say anymore about the samples and nothing more has been said.
People don't realize how adaptable the human genome really is; as long as there are four strands of DNA present and somewhere near 46 total chromosomes, we can be bred with any number of creatures on this planet.

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Posted by Jeffery Sealing on November 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Re: “The Old Slave Mart is one of the few museums to expose America's shameful past

The Old Slave Mart Museum is a great museum in Charleston. It is a rare find and is worth the trip. Keep in mind that many visitors have said it can be a challenge for young children. There is a lot of reading involved. One aspect that seems lost is the role free blacks had in owning slaves. Additionally, most slave were caught by other Africans. Few know that there was slavery in Africa long before the transAtlantic slave trade. http://www.oldslavemartmuseum.com

Posted by JOHN ELLIOTT on November 2, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Re: “How (and why) the humble Recovery Room became the nation's No. 2 PBR seller

Many, many students at COFC major in PBR . Its a well known fact that we are nearly the drunkiest drunkalots in the USA here in the Chuck. COFC was simply beaten out by the NYU crowd at the Fat Cat because they have more students. Do not take this lightly, its time to show those Yankees what we are made of. Order that extra PBR at RR next time and show those New Yorkers exactly what we are made of.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on October 5, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Re: “How (and why) the humble Recovery Room became the nation's No. 2 PBR seller

Reminds much of Captain Harry's Blue Marlin. Harry, Andy Watson and Bubbie Stone had a painting crew which operated in a piece of a warehouse on Cumberland across from the Magic Mart (I think it's called the Li'l Cricket today).
In the Summer of (I think) '77, after work, they used sit on coolers filled with Bud. Folks, black painters and Broad Street lawyers would drop by and chip in for cases of beer.
One afternoon, someone said, "Hell, Harry, you ought to open a bar."
For months all he served was 50 cent Bud out of coolers behind the bar.
Sound like Chis did the same thing. Harry got obliterated by the Riley machine (Harry's is now The Lodge Alley Inn -- long story that).
Chris doesn't have to worry. Ain't nobody drawing a bead on that spot.
Congrats, Boston!!! Huge BoxSox fan!! Hope they sweep it.
Hope you do, too.

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Posted by David Farrow on October 4, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Re: “New beer gardens and brewpubs are upping the ante for beer lovers

It was bars with DJs. Then cocktail joints. Now beer gardens this year. Whatever was hot in NYC last year will be Charleston's fad next year.
Hope at least a few of these beer gardens survive. Or are we gunning for Conde Naste "Most Beer Gardens per Capita 2014"?

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Posted by jimbeauxisland on October 3, 2013 at 9:21 PM
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