Well darnet! I just called this number (just in case anyone wants to verify) 1-800-922-5431 and they said that they ARE legal to keep as pets, and in fact, you can trap as many as your little heart desires all year round. Can you believe it? I have recieved conflicting info from rehabbers, the internet and now these people, but I think I am going to believe the people I just got off the phone with since they work for the state Wildlife people, meh. So that means anyone in South Carolina can go steal coyote pups from the wild and turn them into "pets". Isn't that sad? Anyone! That seems a little slack don't you think?
I still think it's in the best interest and those I talked to on the phone agreed, that the pups should be returned to where they were found so that the mother can raise them. I am saddned the state of South Carolina doesn't do more to protect these animals. The man said that hunting and trapping season is year round so I can only imagine just how many of these animals are trapped/killed each year. Geez, makes you kinda want to side with Rebel.
I would still try to verify the info though, as that one link does say it's illegal to possess them? Gets me a bit confused LOL!
Oh just wanted to say though that the fox is still illegal, but the coyotes are OK.