National Park Service officials are expanding closures on some Outer Banks beaches after vandalism was found at sites that protect the nests of endangered birds.
Damaged signs, poles and ropes marking closed areas were discovered at Hatteras Inlet and Buxton over the weekend.
Under a court agreement between the park service and
environmentalists, any vandalism results in an expansion of the protected area. That means less beach is open to the public.
Park Service officials said Tuesday the incidents were the second and third acts of vandalism at bird protection sites since the areas were established in March.
Closures keep vehicles and pedestrians away from nests of
endangered birds and sea turtles along the Cape Hatteras National
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