According to the National Park Service investigation, two sets of footprints were found along the edge of the fence line that extended from the dunes to the waters edge. No footprints or tire tracks were observed entering the closed area which was established to protect a least tern colony; no birds appeared to have been disturbed during the act of vandalism.
A recent court approved Consent Degree requires the National Park Service to automatically expand the closure area by 50 meters where a confirmed deliberate act disturbs or harasses wildlife or vandalizes fencing, nests, or plants. The vandal(s) action leading to the subsequent enclosure enlargement have not caused harm to the birds but have caused additional harm to the businesses and ORV community recreating and fishing at Cape Hatteras!
Anyone having information please contact:
- United Four Wheel Drive Association (UFWDA)
- BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC)
Each person submitting a tip will receive a code number for them to use in tracking the status of their tip. Tips made to UFWDA or BRC can be made anonymously, no caller ID is used and caller need not identify themselves.
Or, contact Ranger Davis Carter of the National Parks Service, at 252-475-8326, P.O. Box 190, Buxton, NC 27920