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Alligator River
Cedar Island
Mackay Island
Pea Island
Pocosin Lakes
Roanoke River

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

Contact Bonnie Strawser 252-473-1132 X 230
or Steve Brumfield X 224
For Immediate Release
May 5, 2020
Who Stole the Mink?
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: Beverly Meekins

Caption: As seen in these photos from Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, no one stole the Mink (Mustela vison). But because it is nocturnal and secretive it is not seen as often as otters, bears and other wildlife. Mink can climb trees and also swim well. They require wetlands to survive. Mink eat snakes, birds, turtles, tiny fish, crayfish, rabbits and a variety of other mammals, reptiles and amphibians and insects. Synthetic fabrics for clothing have helped make trapping Mink less popular than it once was. While no one stole the Mink, Mink stoles have just about disappeared.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of nine national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) NOTICE

During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

For local conditions review the information on refuge websites and/or call ahead. At this time, the Manteo Office for the Coastal NC National Wildlife Refuges Complex is staffed for emergency calls and general information: 252-473-1131 Ext 224. Or you may email for information about all refuges in eastern North Carolina.

If visiting one of our refuges, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and exercising good hygiene.