Bald Head Island provides rich habitats for a number of wildlife species, including animals that could have harmful interactions with humans. While those interactions may be unintentional, they could result in the human or animal getting hurt. There are also legal ramifications for harassing or feeding some species.
BHIC’s role is to monitor wildlife populations, educate the public, and respond to wildlife emergencies. We work closely with other organizations that have jurisdiction over wildlife. Wildlife regulations are set by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and county and local ordinances, and enforcement on BHI is by Public Safety.
BHIC makes uses of social media, our website, signage throughout the island, and public programs to educate the public about safe interactions with wildlife. We respond to calls to our wildlife emergency hotline by assessing the situation and either aiding/relocating the animal ourselves, or being a liaison with the proper authorities.
If there is a wildlife emergency or you are concerned about a wild animal, please call our Wildlife Emergency Hotline at (910) 457-0089 x5 and leave a detailed message. We are not a rehabilitation facility but may be able to assist.
To report humans harassing, feeding, fishing in lagoons, or other unsafe interactions with wildlife, please contact Public Safety.
Please enjoy all wildlife on Bald Head Island from a safe distance.
P.O. Box 3109, 700 Federal Rd. Bald Head Island, North Carolina 28461