Wildlife & Rabies Control

Animal Control can respond to a limited variety of wildlife typically found in the city environment. Typical animals that we respond to are raccoons, opossums, injured birds and small injured animals.

If you have a small, healthy animal loose in your home, we will not be able to assist you. In these cases an exterminator will be your best choice. The smallest traps Animal Control has available are designed for cats and will not work on squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs or rats. Again, the best choice to help you would be an exterminator.

Controlling Coyotes in the City Limits

We must learn to live with and control coyotes. Eradication is impossible. Western States have tried to eradicate coyotes for 100 years. They have been unsuccessful.

An important control method involves food kept outside your home:
  • Don’t leave pet food out all the time. Only put out food at feeding times and take it up when they are done.
  • Keep trash up and taken off where coyotes cannot get to it. Not only will this control coyotes but varmints and bears as well.
  • Do not throw out food scraps. Scraps attract all types of unwanted varmints and animals.
Coyote Headshot
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has no season or limits on coyotes. Outside of the city limits, coyotes may be killed any time day or night (with restrictions). Greenville City ordinance prohibits this control measure.

Leg Traps

The SCDNR has depredation permits that can be issued to trap coyotes outside of trapping season to help control the population. If someone wants to trap coyotes, they will not go in live trap. Leg hold traps have to be set by a knowledgeable trapper. Any coyotes trapped with a depredation permit have to be destroyed before being moved. The only drawback is that leg hold traps cannot distinguish animals and they will trap anything that walks into them.

Are they Dangerous?

Coyotes typically are not dangerous. In South Carolina, we have never had anybody hurt or injured by a coyote. There have been very few injuries nationwide. Coyotes can contract rabies, but they are not considered to be one of the main rabies vectors, i.e they are not the ones we worry about like raccoons, skunks, and foxes.

Rabies Control

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), Rabies Control Section is responsible for the quarantine of animals that have bitten. Greenville City Animal Control does assist Rabies Control when an animal has bitten someone in the city limits, but that is when the incident has also violated a section of the Municipal Code for animals. Dogs can either be quarantined at the City of Greenville facility or at the owner’s veterinary clinic at their own expense. If the animal is quarantined at the City’s facility, there will be a fee of $10 a day per animal.