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Environmental Program Update

Coyotes

Sightings are common on nearby islands and Mount Pleasant.  There are no confirmed sightings on Dewees Island; however it may be a matter of time before we get our first.  There seems to a mix of public opinion regarding coyote management from trapping to monitoring, surveying and removing individuals if they lose their fear of humans.  The Dewees Island Environmental Program voted in favor of the latter approach.

These animals are native to the western states but naturally migrated east and filled the nitch left open when our native wolves disappeared.  Coyotes are very adaptable and consume a wide variety of foods which allows them to survive in densely populated urban areas as well as natural sites.

Coyotes are wild animals and deserve the same respect as other predator species.  Please keep pets indoors and do not leave food out on porches or under your home (this helps with rodent control as well).  If you see a coyote make as much noise as possible to ensure they remain fearful of humans.  Coyotes will eat small animals, eggs and berries.

For more information on coyotes please visit the SC DNR & Kiawah Island sites.  Coyotes have been in the area for quite some time and are here to stay.  If you see a coyote on Dewees Island please contact Lori with the location and date.

Mosquitoes

Warm weather is almost here and that means mosquitoes.  Charleston County does provide control on Dewees Island by dropping a granular treatment from a plane/helicopter (they do not spray).  The treatment lands in standing freshwater and prevents the mosquito larva from developing into a biting adult (only the females bite).

Experience shows habitat modification around homes is one of the best preventatives for reducing mosquitoes known to transmit viruses to people.  The treatment from Charleston County typically does not land in isolated areas arounds homes.  You can help by:

  • Turn sea shells and decorative palmetto stumps so they do not collect water

  • Rake driveway ruts

  • Seal the tops of cisterns

  • Pick up trash (check vacant lots next to your home)

  • Remove puddles formed from air unit drainage

Please check your property every few weeks to ensure these mosquito habitats are removed.  I will have Mosquito Dunks available in my office for purchase to treat mosquito habitats that cannot be modified.  These dunks contain Bt-israelensis (Bt-i), a specific biological pesticide, one dunk will treat 100 square feet and are for treating standing freshwater areas.  If you would like to purchase your own please make sure the product contains Bt-israelensis (Bt-i) specific for mosquitoes.  For more information on Bt-israelensis (Bt-i) please click here.  Please contact Lori if you have any questions.

Capers Inlet Road

The gate at Capers Inlet Road has been locked to assist in the preservation of habitat, access and golf carts.  If you need access through this gate please contact a staff person for assistance; handicap accessibility or kayak launching.  There are several parking sites at the gate as well as a turnaround area.

Spring Sightings:

Bald Eagles nesting

Stealthy River Otters

Yellow Jessamine and Bluets blooming

Migrating Shorebirds

Red Admiral & Palamedes Swallowtail fluttering

Basking Yellow-bellied Turtles