Leash Laws On Hatteras

Officials are warning visitors to Cape Hatteras National Seashore to keep dogs on a leash at all times to protect endangered birds and turtles during the breeding season.

Park superintendent Mike Murray said the seashore is a breeding ground for endangered and protected birds and sea turtles which lay
eggs on the beach. Murray said a dog running off a leash can disturb birds and cause them to leave their nests and expose eggs to predators.

Last year, rangers documented more than 700 cases of dogs running off leash at the seashore, including numerous instances near protected nesting areas.

Rangers can issue a citation that carries a $150 fine. Leashes must not be longer than 6 feet.


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Apr 13, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    Common sense tell me that when I take an animal into a public area it should be on a leash.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Apr 13, 2009 at 09:00 AM
    I wish I was in Hatteras, Buxton or Frisco. Great beach, great vacation spot, great people in the local community.
  • by J Location: Gville on Apr 13, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    NO one should be complaining about this leash law. Its perfectly sensible in the areas designated for protection. Its not that hard to comprehend and there are plenty of other beaches. NoDogs, i know what you mean. People have no common sense. The beach is NOT a sand box for your dog. At least cover it or bury it or something.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Apr 13, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    Welcome to the shores of Cuba.
  • by NoDogs on Apr 13, 2009 at 05:25 AM
    How about no dogs on the beach period? I would like that squishy stuff between my toes to be sand, thank you.
  • by meinobx Location: obx on Apr 13, 2009 at 04:07 AM
    Next the park service will want the humans on leashes. I apologize, actually it is not the park service fault, they are following orders. The fault lies in the enviromentalists.
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