Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Pocosin?
Pocosin is an Indian word meaning "swamp on a hill." What
is unique about pocosin? The pocosin habitat is a fire tolerant shrub/scrub
complex with a pond pine over story growing on organic soils with depths
up to 12 feet.
What is the aim of refuge management?
The management is aimed at wetland (pocosin) restoration,
enhancement and protection through hydrologic and plant restoration.
The Pungo Unit is managed primarily for waterfowl.
What wildlife can be observed?
Seasonally large concentrations of waterfowl, black bears,
a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The red wolf
is elusive and will probably not be seen.
Are any research projects occurring on the refuge?
Research is being conducted on wetland restoration and reforestation
of wetland tree species primarily Atlantic white cedar, bald cypress
and pond pine and monitoring the wildlife use on the research area.
Waterfowl banding is being conducted for research on tundra swans and
What are the hunting opportunities?
Excellent hunting for deer, very good hunting for quail
and rabbits, and opportunities for raccoons, ducks, opossums, woodcocks,
squirrels, rails, snipes and fox. No black bear hunting on the refuge.