For wildlife crimes or suspicious activity during business hours 8:00am to 4:30pm please contact 757-336-6122.
For all emergencies please call 911
For non-emergencies after hours please call 757-336-3155
Chincoteague NWR does not rehabilitate wildlife.
For domestic animals please contact
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Over the past 200-300 years, these modern-day descendants of domestic horses have adapted to the hardships of living near the ocean. Prior to the refuge's establishment in 1943, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company purchased the ponies and continues ownership to this day. The Firemen are allowed to graze up to 150 ponies on refuge land through a Special Use Permit from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.