Two children looking at a herd of elk from the bed of a carriage in a snowy landscape with mountains in the background

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge has what is believed to be one of the largest concentrations of black bear found in the United States. In addition, visitors may see many species of wildlife, such as wintering waterfowl, bobcats, otters. Dawn and dusk are when animals are most active on the refuge (note that the refuge is open sunrise to sunset). The Pungo Unit is a popular area for seeing wildlife and offers several designated observation points. 

Related Documents
Pocosin Lakes NWR Brochure

This brochure provides a general overview of the history, wildlife, and management of Pocosin Lakes NWR.

Pocosin Lakes NWR Wildlife List

This brochure lists all of the species of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles recorded on Pocosin Lakes NWR