Presentation Title

An analysis of recent Coyote (Canis latrans) sightings in the greater Myrtle Beach area in South Carolina

Presentation Type

Presentation

Full Name of Faculty Mentor

Sharon Gilman, Biology

Major

Biology

Presentation Abstract

As urbanization increases, natural areas are being converted into suburban and urban developments. As natural land is converted to suburban neighborhoods, the frequency of interaction between humans and wildlife increases. The greater Myrtle Beach area is experiencing a rapid increase in the level of urbanization, and, in 2018, the frequency of interactions between humans and coyotes became concerning. This resulted in the enactment of a Coyote Response Plan by the City of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This plan includes a database where citizens can report coyote sightings online. From February 2019 to February 2021, a total of 180 sightings were entered into this database. The purpose of this study was to analyze these citizen coyote sighting reports to determine where the coyotes are being sighted and whether there are any patterns in the sightings related to land use in the greater Myrtle Beach area in South Carolina.

Location

Room 1

Start Date

21-4-2021 3:30 PM

End Date

21-4-2021 3:50 PM

Disciplines

Biology

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An analysis of recent Coyote (Canis latrans) sightings in the greater Myrtle Beach area in South Carolina

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As urbanization increases, natural areas are being converted into suburban and urban developments. As natural land is converted to suburban neighborhoods, the frequency of interaction between humans and wildlife increases. The greater Myrtle Beach area is experiencing a rapid increase in the level of urbanization, and, in 2018, the frequency of interactions between humans and coyotes became concerning. This resulted in the enactment of a Coyote Response Plan by the City of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This plan includes a database where citizens can report coyote sightings online. From February 2019 to February 2021, a total of 180 sightings were entered into this database. The purpose of this study was to analyze these citizen coyote sighting reports to determine where the coyotes are being sighted and whether there are any patterns in the sightings related to land use in the greater Myrtle Beach area in South Carolina.

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