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February 5, 2015Coyote workshop planned for Webb Wildlife Center on March 6-7

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the South Carolina Trappers Association, will host a Coyote Trapping and Management Workshop at the Webb Wildlife Center, located in Hampton County on March 6-7.

The workshop will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 6, and end at about 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. Previous trapping experience is not required, but everyone attending will be expected to set traps and participate with the group, hot or cold, rain or shine. This is an extended hands-on trapping workshop for individuals who want to learn to manage coyotes, and will involve extensive outdoor participation. This workshop will cover such topics as equipment selection, trap modifications, trap preparation, trap site selection, set making, running a trap line and trapping safety.

The cost for the workshop is $100 and includes overnight bunkhouse-style accommodations at the Webb Wildlife Center, dinner on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. The maximum number of attendees for this workshop is 30. Registration closes when 30 people have registered and paid. A waiting list will be created for cancellations and for future workshop early notifications. Applications are available (PDF file) for download or by calling (803) 734-3609. THE CLASS IS FULL, but applications are still being accepted for developing a waiting list for cancellations and future workshops. Any payments already received will be returned. Do not send payment for the waiting list.

"This is our first extended coyote control workshop," said Jay Butfiloski, S.C. Department of Natural Resources Furbearer Project coordinator, "and we will be using this to gauge public interest in this type of truly hands-on, practical workshop where we are expecting the participants to not just watch someone demonstrate trapping, but spend considerable time selecting and making trap sets. If there is considerable demand, we may look at hosting more workshops in the future."

Currently, a series of coyote seminars are planned throughout the state this year. For information on coyotes in South Carolina and the rules and regulations associated with controlling them, call (803) 734-3886.

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