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Alligator River
Cedar Island
Currituck
Mattamuskeet
Mackay Island
Pea Island
Pocosin Lakes
Roanoke River
Swanquarter

The Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society is the official non-profit support group for National Wildlife Refuges in Eastern North Carolina Information below was released by USFWS and is available on their website at #NCRefuges News 
National Wildlife Refuges in North Carolina
Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuge Complex Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
100 Conservation Way (P. O. Box 1969)
Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-1132 

Contact Bonnie Strawser 252-473-1132 X 230 
or Steve Brumfield X 224
For Immediate Release
March 17, 2020
After a Swim It's Time to Explore
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Beverly Meekins

A family of black bears (Ursus americanus) fresh out of water, walk through Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Black bears are good swimmers, short-distance runners, and tree climbers. In the wild they live an average of 18-19 years. In North America they are the most widely distributed bear. And while not small, they are the smallest North American bear species, behind the polar and grizzly (brown bear).

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of nine national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, NC, is open 9am to 4pm whenever volunteer staffing is available.