Coyote wanders onto SC elementary school campus

Coyote wanders onto elementary school campus

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — This coyote was ready to go to school.

Officials at a South Carolina elementary school were startled Thursday morning after discovering the animal had wandered on campus. They managed to coax it into a bathroom, WCSC reported.

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According to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, the coyote entered the school as students were being dropped off, the television station reported.

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Traffic deputies worked with school staff at Cane Bay Elementary in Summerville to remove the animal, who has since been nicknamed Wiley, according to WCDB. The coyote was removed without incident, and no students or faculty members were in harm’s way, according to the sheriff’s office.

“I overheard on the radio where we had a couple of deputies who were trying to wrangle an animal at the school,” Sgt. Matthew Woodall with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office told WCDB. “Come to find out it was a coyote that had gotten in the school when I guess the teachers opened the doors to let students in (during) the morning.”

The teachers had trapped the coyote in the bathroom, the television station reported.

“They had it blocked off as best they could with anything to kind of keep it from getting out,” Woodall told WCBD. “But I think it was more scared about being there than anything or worried about trying to harm anybody.”

The coyote was turned over to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources unharmed, according to the television station.