Wildlife on Bald Head Island

Injured wildlife on BHI?

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BHI Conservancy 24/7
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DO NOT TOUCH THE WILDLIFE
WILDLIFE CAN TRANSMIT DISEASES

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Our fragile barrier island contains four ecosystems comprised of beachfront, dune ridge, maritime forest, and the marsh.   As a community, we strive to live in harmony with nature.  Below are some tips for being safe and living in harmony with nature on BHI.  The Bald Head Island Conservancy also has an informative webpage about island wildlife (CHECK IT OUT) and education programs throughout the year (CHECK THEM OUT).


DO NOT HARASS WILDLIFE – it is against the law

In North Carolina, it is unlawful for a person to interfere intentionally with the lawful taking of wildlife resources or to drive, harass, or intentionally disturb any wildlife resources to disrupt the lawful taking of wildlife resources on public or private property. NOTE: This law does not apply to activity by a person on land he owns or leases or to a person who incidentally interferes with the taking of wildlife resources while using the land for other lawful activities such as agriculture, mining, or recreation.

Violation of this law is a misdemeanor punishable for a first conviction by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00, by imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, or by both and punishable for a second or subsequent conviction by a fine left to the discretion of the court (North Carolina General Statute 295).


PROTECTING YOUR HOME FROM UNWANTED ANIMALS

  • Seal trash cans tightly (notify renters of the importance of this).
  • Reduce woodpile and debris clutter around the home to prevent nests.
  • Remove bird feeders if pests are noticed on the property.
  • Trim trees to reduce home access paths.
  • Have a professional home inspection and sealing performed to ensure the home is sealed to prevent rodent invasion.
  • Monthly inspections should be considered if the home is unoccupied for long periods.

Source: BHI Conservancy